Although he failed to stem the poor results of the Pacers (25 wins, 57 losses), after arriving during the season, Tyrese Haliburton nevertheless managed to bring hope to Indiana.
By posting his best level, with 17.5 points and 9.6 average assists, the former Sacramento showed that he could become a star with the Pacers. As well as the leader of the team. The franchise even hopes for a little more…
“We will build the team around him”announces Chad Buchanan, the GM of the Pacers, for Basketball News. “We hope to see him as the new Reggie Miller. We had a Miller mural in downtown Indianapolis and our dream is that one day Tyrese will own his there. »
It’s not a small compliment since Miller, it’s 18 seasons in Indiana, 1,389 games, 25,279 points scored and a participation in the Finals in 2000. No one has played, scored, passed and stolen more balls in the history of the Pacers… He is a monument and undoubtedly the best player to have worn the colors of Indiana.
For Haliburton to follow this example and also have his mural in Indianapolis would be a dream. “Kid, I would have killed for that”recognizes the player. “Afterwards, it’s still basketball, but it’s a great opportunity for me. »
A kid from the Midwest
What makes Chad Buchanan say the fullback can emulate Miller is his personality, which seems to fit with the state he now finds himself in, having started his career in California.
“He’s very humble, he thinks about the team first and foremost, which has always been a hallmark of Indiana teams over the years,” explains the GM. “He knows the history of this franchise and the league, and like many of our fans here in Indiana, he knows the game, he knows how to play it the right way. He truly embodies almost all of these qualities, so he is perfectly suited to our culture. »
And for good reason, Tyrese Haliburton is, so to speak, a child of the country since he was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, less than 600 kilometers from Indianapolis.
“It’s a natural fit. I’m a kid from the Midwest and my girlfriend is from Iowa. We’re people from the Midwest, it’s not far from where we live. Moreover, if the adaptation was so natural, it is also thanks to my style of play. I play in a direct way and I have fun, I think that they liked that, this spirit, this energy. That’s why it sticks so well. »
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