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Sacramento Kings select Tyrese Haliburton with the 12th pick in the NBA draft

The Kings ended Haliburton's unexpected slide.

With the 12th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings select Tyrese Haliburton!

This is huge win for the Kings as nobody expected Haliburton to be available for the Kings at the 12th pick.

From our expert, Bryant West:

Tyrese Haliburton has incredible upside as a perfect role player for any team in the league, especially the Kings. He's a dynamic playmaker, a great shooter off the catch, and a high-instinct help defender. He will fit in fantastically with the Kings, who desperately need high instinct players who give a damn on defense. Anyone expecting a star should reign in expectations - Hali is not a guy who can create his own shot, and he'll be best as a secondary initiator next to De'Aaron Fox. But the Kings just snagged the 7th overall guy on my KingsCentric Big Board, and Haliburton will certainly become a fan favorite early in his Kings career.

Welcome to Sacramento Tyrese!

The Kings still own the 35th, 43rd, and 52nd picks in the draft, so stay tuned to Kings Herald for more Kings coverage.

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nikstauskasontheheat
November 18, 2020 6:16 pm

LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOO

RAP87
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November 18, 2020 6:17 pm

YEEESSSSS!!!!!! TYRESE HALIBURTON!!!! YEEESSSS!!!!

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November 18, 2020 6:18 pm

This sounds great!

But then I am wondering, why did he slide so far? Is he the falling knife and did we Kangz again?

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November 18, 2020 6:29 pm
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god just enjoy something good happening for crying out loud.

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November 18, 2020 6:40 pm
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I enjoy plenty of good things happening. They usually aren’t Kings related, unfortunately.

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November 18, 2020 6:45 pm
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I could sympathize with this if Haliburton was an intangibles athlete upside play with a giant hole (Okoro in this class comes to mind in relation to shooting). But this is an analytics darling, projectable with models, who is more than deserving of intrigue as well in his film. Maybe a serious injury is being wrapped but in lieu of that as no one has even remotely suggested as much, the logic of this pick is more than sound. Its process driven in a way nearly every Kings pick hasnt been (even the good ones).

Regardless of how this plays out this is sound logic. Thats all you can do.

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November 18, 2020 6:47 pm
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you do you. I just don’t understand always complaining. Like what’s the point in being a fan if you can still complain based on what’s happened tonight?

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November 18, 2020 6:50 pm
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like what event would you not complain about? If the Sacramento Kings gave you one million dollars would you complain because you feel you deserve one billion dollars?

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November 18, 2020 7:00 pm
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I would not complain about you minding your own business.

kind of funny that you keep complaining about my complaining that much. Those kind of ironies make me happy.

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November 18, 2020 7:08 pm
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November 18, 2020 8:49 pm
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I think it’s ironic you really have very little good to say about the Kings, ever. In any context. For someone with absolutely no connection to the city in any way shape or form, you manage to ONLY see the negative.

It’s rather impressive in it’s own way. But it is also rather limiting, too.

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November 18, 2020 7:08 pm
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€œThis is going to kill me on my taxes!€

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November 18, 2020 6:54 pm
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You could just let everyone have their own opinion, so this place doesn’t turn into StR during the early Cousins era.

We left hive minded devotion behind a few years back.

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November 18, 2020 7:07 pm
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November 18, 2020 6:35 pm
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I actually thought the same thing about him falling so fast

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November 18, 2020 8:51 pm
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Let’s assume there’s an issue. Why worry about it until it’s revealed?

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November 18, 2020 6:18 pm

Obligatory – F yes!!!!!!

And if anyone wants to know – here’s my write up from the draft projections:

Model view: Wild variance finishing as high as 2 and as low a 4, which advanced math will tell you is twice as big of a number as 2.  But joking aside, every model loved him as he was the highest rated player in the model aside from the 3 game sample from Wiseman.  The only models where he was lower were the humble models where he was penalized for a slightly lower mock draft ranking.  

Scouts View: A hard working, high IQ player who has great size and length for either PG or SG and should be a switchable, but not elite / lock down defender.  Has an unorthodox, but effective shot and has great footwork, though shies away from contact inside and can struggle to finish at times. He’s also long, fluid, and crafty which helps him create offense, but he lacks great speed or athleticism, which limits his ability to create for himself.

Good metrics: 99th percentile spot up & 3rd in transition, Great impact stats (20 net rating, 12 BPM, 4 win shares in 22 games), 2.33 A/T, 63% true shooting, 2.4 steals per 40, 1.9 steals / foul

Bad Metrics: 16.5 point per 40, 20.1 usage rate, 

What you have to believe for him to be a star: That his funky shot translates to the NBA and that he can score enough to be a star as opposed to a secondary or tertiary ball handler.

Verdict: Anyone who has interacted with me here knows that Haliburton checks all my boxes – high basketball IQ, high skill level, hard worker, and high impact.  I have no doubt he’s going to be a very good NBA player who outperforms where he’s been mocked.  That said, while I think he will end up playing a critical role on some very good teams, his low points per 40 and film doesn’t really match past high skill, high IQ players who were underestimated and became superstars.  While not a perfectly predictive stats – points per 40 for these stars was: Harden (23), Curry (34), Lillard (28), Doncic (25), McCollum (31).  While his Iowa teammates were dreadful shooters who didn’t space the floor and may have held back Haliburton slightly, I think he’d need outlier growth to become a star and more likely settles in as a very strong player.

NBA comp high: Modern Toni Kukoc – At his peak, Toni had the advanced stats of a top 20 player, although he was more complementary than someone you wanted as your number 1 option.  Similarly, Haliburton is likely to be a strong, two way contributor, but one who fits in perfectly in the modern NBA and who can be added to any lineup.

NBA comp medium: Khris Middleton – A strong, versatile semi-star, who ideally would be an elite team’s 3rd best option.  A player who does everything well, but who isn’t necessarily elite in any one skill and not someone you want as your best player.

NBA comp low: Mike Dunleavy – A solid NBA journeyman and on-and-off starter who is a high IQ, solid character staple in the league for years.

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November 18, 2020 6:25 pm
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So you’re saying he’s a bit of a mystery.

NoRedJerseys
November 18, 2020 6:44 pm
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I like it but your comps are all guys who play the 3 or 4…

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November 18, 2020 6:57 pm
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Fair, call it the SG version. But Hali has a somewhat similar height / weight. Somewhat similar styles and usage as ideally the 3rd best player on an elite team.

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November 18, 2020 6:53 pm
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If Dunleavy is his floor, that’s pretty good.

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November 18, 2020 7:33 pm
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All your comps are way taller than he is. Are we looking for a growth spurt?

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November 18, 2020 7:53 pm
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Would be nice, but was more about the playing style and complementary, high IQ nature of his game. Typically you might associate it with a more dominant PG, but given he will probably be a secondary / tertiary ball handler, his numbers and impact might be more in-line with them.

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November 18, 2020 8:32 pm
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I like the comparison to Middleton, he hits a lot of spot-up shots and I can only hope Haliburton becomes as effective defensively.

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November 18, 2020 7:51 pm
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I’m quite happy the Kings went w/the guy who clearly seemed like the BPA (I’m surprised Haliburton fell to #12), but I don’t remember Kukoc being as good as Middleton, much less better.

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November 18, 2020 8:31 pm
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Ha. Had this same conversations with multiple friends who read this. Kukoc had top 20 advanced stats and was the third best player on some championship teams.

You want to argue for Middleton, then that’s fine. But I think Kukoc was probably underrated and while he got his rings, probably is remembered a bit worse for being the #3 and sitting around 15ppg with other great supporting stats.

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November 18, 2020 9:58 pm
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So his advanced stats were better than Rodman’s on some of the title teams?

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November 19, 2020 6:31 am
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Yes, now these should be taken with a grain of salt, but for reference, the 1995-1996 Bulls:

Player: VORP (League rank)
Jordan: 9.8 (#1)
Pippen: 5.9 (#7)
Kukoc: 4.0 (#17)
Kerr: 2.6 (#43)
Harper: 2.2 (#61)
Rodmap: 1.1 (#115)

Now, Rodman played an important and unique role on the Bulls with his defense and rebounding. However, he gave them very little on offense, probably sandbagged some of the regular season, and certainly had a big personality that helped claim the spotlight.

So you can argue that Rodman was the third best or at least the third most impactful when he was locked in every third regular season game and in the playoffs (though he was still #6 in the playoffs). Or that Kukoc was quietly underrated, while Rodman’s personality helped add to his mystique beyond his actual impact.

Note 1: BPM and Win Shares give the same top 3 and a near-identical ranking. And Bulls had the same to 3 and a near identical ranking in 1996-1997, so this wasn’t a one year fluke.

Note 2: Kukoc had a virtually identical VORP the year before with Jordan not playing 80% of the games, so his success wasn’t about Jordan elevating his game. Even at age 30 without Jordan or Pippen, he was the #28 player by VORP.

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November 19, 2020 6:40 am
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And going back real fast to the is Middleton better conversation:

Middleton’s peak VORP is 2.9 last season with one other season of 2.2. Similarly, peak BPM is 4.1 with one prior season at 1.6. And max win shares is 7.9.

Kukoc on those metrics was VORP 4.1, BPM 5.4, Win Shares 10.1. Even off Chicago where he was 33 and older (at a time when players that age typically cratered), he had seasons of 2.1 VORP, 2.8 BPM, 4.0 Win Shares – which other than Win Shares is better than Middleton’s second best season.

Of course, this proves nothing. Advanced stats should be taken with a grain of salt. But just to provide some context across eras.

Anyway, not trying to be a know-it-all or pedantic here. I just think it’s a fascinating topic, so wanted to look up some of the data to share. Again, you are not the only person to bring this up and had a similar, fascinating conversation about it with 2 friends who are NBA junkies on Zoom last night while we watched the draft.

RunningLikeFox
November 18, 2020 6:18 pm

WHAT A HUGE PICK!!!!!

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November 18, 2020 6:18 pm

This is fantastic. I was concerned they’d take Nesmith. Atta boy. monte!

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November 18, 2020 6:19 pm

I will gladly take that falling knife!!!

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November 18, 2020 6:20 pm

I didn’t think Halliburton would drop past 8, just no way.

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November 18, 2020 6:20 pm

WELCOME TO BASKETBALL HELL HALI!!!

YOU WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED HERE! HELL YEAH!!

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November 18, 2020 6:21 pm

And he has a resemblance to Doug Christie. I couldn’t be happier.

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November 18, 2020 6:36 pm
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I’m glad I’m not the only one I thought you can’t look like a young Doug Christie

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November 18, 2020 6:22 pm

I’m so fucking excited. I never thought he’d fall out of the top 5. I’m getting drunk now.
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November 18, 2020 6:33 pm
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I was already drunk, now to get more drunk!

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November 18, 2020 6:39 pm

I’m gonna get drunkiest.

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November 18, 2020 6:36 pm
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We all get to TY one on!

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November 18, 2020 7:59 pm
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I could’ve seen him slipping to #8, but I’m surprised he slipped to #12.

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November 18, 2020 8:45 pm
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I’m drinking 2 or 3 beers. Which, these days, is my equivalent of getting drunk.

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November 19, 2020 10:02 pm
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Was right with you bro. Woo hoo

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November 18, 2020 6:23 pm

YASS!

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November 18, 2020 6:23 pm

Me likey.

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November 18, 2020 6:23 pm

Great get! Now if we can only not eff up our trades…

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November 18, 2020 6:24 pm

Tankathon had Haliburton at #4. I can see why Kings weren’t thinking they could get him

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November 18, 2020 6:25 pm

Great day Kings fans!
Bogi trade falls through and we get great value with our 12th pick. Steal of the draft in terms of value.
Vlade would not have made that pick due to Haliburton playing the same position as Fox. Thank God Monte is our GM and not the VladFather.

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November 18, 2020 6:30 pm
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You’re so right about VD being afraid to pick another PG. but at 6’5€ and 40% from 3, he seems like a prototypical SG

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November 18, 2020 6:40 pm
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He’s built like a two, but he really has excellent passing skills. He’s actually ambidextrous, and will find the open man. The Kings should be able to back cut and kick out teams to death.

And we build.

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November 18, 2020 6:45 pm
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ESPN says he’s only 175lbs… is that right?

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November 18, 2020 7:44 pm
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That’s my understanding, Kind of Kevin Martin territory when he arrived in Sacramento. Anyway, weight is a hell of a lot easier to add than height or talent.

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November 18, 2020 11:21 pm
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Anyway, weight is a hell of a lot easier to add than height or talent.

Can personally confirm this

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November 18, 2020 6:56 pm
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At 6’5″ and with a 7’0″ wingspan, he can probably guard 1-3. Sorry if I’m starting the “he can play some small forward” conversation.

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November 18, 2020 7:00 pm
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He’ll probably be our Buddy replacement.

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November 18, 2020 7:56 pm

One can only hope

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November 18, 2020 7:11 pm
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Agreed! Vlade would probably pick Maxey over Hali even if Haliburton is available.. Or you know draft another big.. cause you know Vlade loves his bigs.

Man feels good to get Haliburton.. I honestly didn’t think he would last to 12.

Phoenix threw a monkey wrench by drafting a big which opened up the possibility of us drafting either Vassell or Haliburton..

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November 18, 2020 6:25 pm

Wow!

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November 18, 2020 6:30 pm

I want Fox/Hali/DD so bad

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November 18, 2020 7:54 pm
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The defense would be so much improved on this team.. god I hope the trade goes through!!

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November 18, 2020 6:32 pm

Question 1: Would Vlade have made this same pick?

Question 2: What will Haliburton’s nickname be from Jerry?

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November 18, 2020 10:36 pm
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What will Haliburton’s nickname be from Jerry?

An important question that will need to be answered on The Kings Herald Show, since Jerry won’t be calling any more games.

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November 18, 2020 6:33 pm

Meh.. the spurs passed on him… I kid this looks like a solid pick.. I sure hope we can get a small forward the sign and trade for Bogi

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November 18, 2020 6:34 pm

If only that Divincenzo trade pushed through, that 3-guard line-up of Fox, Divi and Hali may be small but it could provide opposing offenses big problems.

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November 18, 2020 6:37 pm

that will still happen

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November 18, 2020 6:42 pm

Halliburton is 6’5″ with a 6’8″ wingspan. He’s definitely not small.

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November 18, 2020 6:57 pm
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7’0″ wingspan.

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November 18, 2020 7:16 pm
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Wut?

Really? That’s insane. It would also give him a crazy low handle.

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November 18, 2020 7:44 pm
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EVEN BETTER.

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November 18, 2020 11:24 pm
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Those are the guys that don’t have to bend down to tie their shoes

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November 18, 2020 6:35 pm

LET’S FUCKING GO! This is literally the best outcome.

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November 18, 2020 6:35 pm

our backcourt should have some combo of Fox, Buddy, Tyrese at all times. Coho only in emergencies/blowouts.

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November 18, 2020 6:36 pm
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CoJo

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November 18, 2020 6:41 pm
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Buddy gets a full-time ball-handling assistant! Terrific news!

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November 18, 2020 6:35 pm

Holy shit!!!

JRamos
November 18, 2020 6:36 pm

€œHaliburton, with a Hal-of-a-pass!€

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November 18, 2020 6:36 pm

James Jones put this in motion. Took someone to reach to put this in play. Thanks. Well done Monte for not overthinking it

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November 18, 2020 6:36 pm

TKH!

Tyrese €˜f__King’ Haliburton!

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November 18, 2020 6:39 pm

I have a Greg Anthony autograph

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November 18, 2020 7:13 pm
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I was at the LV airport and got autographs from GA, Stacey Augmon, Tark the Shark, and Larry Johnson.

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November 18, 2020 8:55 pm
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Tark yelled at me once.

I was 17 on a campus tour of Fresno St. and as I headed out the “exit-only” door of a student cafe, Tark is standing outside waiting to come in and says “Get the fuck out the way son!” as he pushed past me.

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November 18, 2020 10:21 pm
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I’m astounded that this isn’t purple.

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November 18, 2020 6:41 pm

JERRY-ISM:

Since Moak is already gonna yell TYRESE the same way he said TYREKE, i propose this new JERRY-ISM for whenever Tyrese hits a layup:

Sweet layup, will you be mine

can be sang to the tune of Tyrese – Sweet Lady for extra points.

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November 18, 2020 6:41 pm

Love it!

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November 18, 2020 6:41 pm

The Kings made the logical, clear choice with the intention of choosing the best player available. The new regime is here.

NoRedJerseys
November 18, 2020 6:43 pm

From everything I read and see, he seems a similar player to Bogi. Good shooter, high IQ, not very athletic but has a smooth all-round game, some handles, and will put in a shift on D. Though more a 1/2 than a 2/3 due to being 40lbs lighter (!).

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November 18, 2020 7:02 pm
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It’s easy to pack in the pounds in Sactown.

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November 18, 2020 8:20 pm
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He’s got a longer wingspan than Bogi. More of a D player and more athletic and I think he can play 1-3. Not as good as a playmaker. The shooting is a bit of a question mark (weird but consistent form). Not Bogi, but certainly a player that can have a positive impact.

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November 18, 2020 6:44 pm

The great Bobby Marks said we are the winners of the night so far! This is surreal! I opined prior to the draft that I was excited about Tyrese *Maxey* to pair with Fox, keeping Kentucky guards. But no way did I think Tyrese *Haliburton* was still going to be available after having heard Marks talk him up on a podcast recently and seeing teams with no shot creator like the Bulls up there on the board. I can’t believe so many teams talked themselves into the upside of some defensive wings instead of focusing on an expert opinion like Marks saying that €œHaliburton will play in the league for 15 years€. In a €œweak€ draft class, how does a player some people are considering €œwill play in the league for 15 years€ slide all the way to #12? Especially how did the Spurs not draft him?? They must be really high on Vassel but also they might just be out of practice getting high picks! Really really love the pick, great complimentary player. And am I wrong, or does he kind of look like Doug Christie??? He was also for sure the best dressed, not that it gets you extra points on the scoreboard lol

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November 18, 2020 8:59 pm
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The Spurs may have had Haliburton and Vassell in the same tier and San Antonio has like 5 good guards already.

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November 18, 2020 6:44 pm

Take that, 2020!

Chef
November 18, 2020 6:45 pm

bUt hE WiLL tAKe THe bALL oUT oF fOX’s hAnDS

Great pick by the Mcnair. Miles ahead of Divac already.

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November 18, 2020 6:46 pm

Happy Halidays, you degenerates!

nikstauskasontheheat
November 18, 2020 6:46 pm

Don’t think we are putting enough stock in modeling after the Thunder and running Haliburton at the 3. Fox, Buddy, Haliburton, Barnes, Bagley might be a small lineup, but we have two legit playmakers to go along with one of the best shooters in the NBA. If Buddy buys into the offense + Walton can motivate him to move without the ball like a Klay/Robinson we could be onto something.

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November 18, 2020 6:51 pm

That lineup would get wrecked in the post and on the boards at both ends but as long as 3 is more than 2 I guess it could work as a change up.

nikstauskasontheheat
November 18, 2020 7:03 pm

Agreed – would have to be the correct matchup. Not saying they should run this against the Nuggets/Twolves/Lakers, but could be interesting against teams without dominant bigs

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November 18, 2020 6:56 pm

Don’t see enough length to defend and be versatile against switches with that lineup. On the other hand, Bagley/Barnes/Fox/Halliburton could make sense with a 3&D SF, as there is athleticism to burn and a real ability for PnR and stretching, if Halliburton, Barnes, and Fox can hit a 3 consistently. That is what I would target via trade or in free agency.

nikstauskasontheheat
November 18, 2020 7:01 pm
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ideally McNair could work S+T Bogi with Atlanta for Reddish or Hunter

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November 18, 2020 7:27 pm

Cam Reddish would be the perfect fit and age for that lineup. Derrick Jones Jr. as an FA also intrigues me.

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November 18, 2020 8:30 pm

Let me correct you. Reddish and “Huerter”.

nikstauskasontheheat
November 18, 2020 9:39 pm
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Nope, I’m talking about Deandre Hunter the SF from Virginia. He probably won’t be available, but he’d definitely fits the mold of 3&D. Don’t particularly like Huerter’s fits this roster.

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November 18, 2020 7:11 pm

Well, I mean, give us a minute.

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November 18, 2020 6:51 pm

The Kings just got a really good player.

The best PG in this draft. Who can also play the 2

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November 18, 2020 6:51 pm

Let’s trade a couple of those second-rounders and grab Saddiq Bey.

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November 18, 2020 6:56 pm
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I don’t like agreeing with you.. but would have loved that…Miami will make him better

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November 18, 2020 6:58 pm
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Nets..

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November 18, 2020 7:13 pm
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Yeah, those Villanova guys always come in ready to contribute. That’s a great situation for him, he doesn’t need to be great on day one.

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November 18, 2020 6:51 pm

This is most surprising. A solid pick…who fits…and gets positive reviews from ESPN…and seems genuinely excited to come to Sacramento. I honestly don’t know this feeling.

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