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Tyrese Haliburton: ‘That’s why they brought me here – to help alongside De’Aaron’

De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton are already becoming a dynamic duo.
By | 81 Comments | Dec 30, 2020

At the 7:11 mark of the fourth quarter De’Aaron Fox exits the game in a close 108-107 matchup with the Western Conference heavyweight Denver Nuggets. Fox is coming off a huge spurt at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth that helped the Kings regain momentum. In his absence, Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton facilitates the offense with a few marvelous assists, defense that is altering shots on nearly every possession and a made basket at 4:19 that puts the Kings up 115-108. Right after, Fox re-enters the game and with Haliburton still applying defensive pressure and helping to facilitate the offense (those assists to Richaun Holmes tp set him up at his spot for his push shot near the basket), and Fox putting pressure on the defense with his speed, the Kings ice the game with a 125-115 victory.

The playmaking ability of both Fox and Haliburton was too much for the Nuggets to climb back from.

With the way that Haliburton has been providing valuable (and intelligent) minutes off the bench so far this season, we may be seeing more of him alongside Fox in the very near future. He’s already getting minutes in crunch time of close games and the team is simply better with him on the floor. And having two playmakers in the backcourt is becoming more common (and needed) in the league.

“Us being able to play together more and continuing to gel together is great because you have multiple points of attack,” said Fox, who finished the game with 24 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 35 minutes. “We’re continuing to get better playing with each other, and I think that showed tonight being able to finish this game out.”

The two have played 57 total minutes together through four games. Haliburton has largely been the second player off the bench with him and Cory Joseph rounding out the point guard rotation. You would have to imagine the rookie will soon be that first player off the bench at some point this season, if not starting eventually, and those minutes alongside Fox increasing as well.

Head coach Luke Walton said Haliburton continues to impress, hit big shots and that “he’s one of those players you feel confident when the ball is in his hands.” And having Fox and Haliburton together on the floor gives the team a “dynamic offense” with speed and multiple playmakers.

“We’re going to continue to develop him and continue to give him those opportunities,” Walton said.

Haliburton said he always had a really good feeling about the pairing, and it is one of the first thoughts that came to mind when the Kings drafted him.

“I think that’s why they brought me here; to help alongside De’Aaron,” said Haliburton, who finished the game with 13 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds in 25 minutes. “I feel like we’re learning each other very well.”

Haliburton thinks he can help take some pressure off Fox, just like he did late in Tuesday’s game.

“He’s our guy, we follow him, he takes us to the next level and we just got to follow him and make plays and make it as easy as possible on him,” he said.

Whether it is coming off screens to make plays with “Big Rich” [Holmes] as he calls him, getting his hands in passing lanes, altering shots, or hitting threes, Haliburton is proving he can deliver. And with Fox showing he is able to take over games when it is needed and be the leader the team needs, having another player to not only allow him to rest, but also excel next to him is a major positive.

Speaking of “Big Rich,” he had this to say about the rookie after the game:

“I can’t believe he went as low as he did, honestly, in the draft,” Holmes said. “He’s got vision, he plays a couple plays ahead, he sees the game a couple plays ahead, and just his IQ, his feel for the game, he knows where people are supposed to be, he knows when to hit people, he knows when the shot is open, he just knows how to play basketball. He has such a high IQ and it’s an absolute joy to play the game with him.”

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Want to see more praise? Here is more from Fox:

“He plays with a lot of confidence. He understands the game so well. He threw a post entry and like did a spin and we’re like sitting there laughing on the bench, like he has a swag to the game,” Fox said.

Want to see that spin pass?

“But we’re confident in him doing anything. We’re both in the game and I’ll play off ball because I know he’s able to play out of the pick and roll, he’s able to create a shot for himself, or someone else. He plays beyond his years and we all have the upmost confidence in him with the ball. Even in a tight game like this against a team like Denver, and he steps to the occasion, he’s played well. He’s only played four games in his career and you would have thought that he’s played a few years already,” Fox said.

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SMF-PDXConnection
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December 30, 2020 1:29 pm

I know what my next Kings jersey will be.

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December 30, 2020 2:50 pm

I LOVE Hali. Since the first time he stepped on the floor. He has IT.

Because of him and Gentry running an actual offense, Kangs do have a legit shot at playoffs.

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December 30, 2020 4:50 pm
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Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s still a long shortened season to go.

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December 30, 2020 6:08 pm
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I am trying not to get too excited or optimistic. The West is tough.

We did get some love from Charles on TNT though 😂 iirc he said he has us around 6? 😱 whether it was that high or not in the West, I’m pretty sure he had us in the playoffs.

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December 30, 2020 8:33 pm
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Barkley said 6 seed? Stop copying me.

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December 31, 2020 4:55 am
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Chuck’s predictions are usually the kiss of death.

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December 31, 2020 3:23 pm
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We are definitely a playoff team once we bench CoJoSlo for Kyle Guy!

We need more playmaking and shooting and Kyle Guy is ready, willing and able!

Sadly it will only happen if CoJoSlo gets an injury, with this coach it is the only way:

Check out our “ace defender” in his last game

1:08 mark. Destroyed and demolished!
1:27 mark. Obliterated and embarassed!
1:48 mark. Asleep in “no mans land”

This is our “ace defender” within a span of 2-3 minutes, WTF.

Others may be ignoring the obvious, like the coach, but this fan is not fooled.

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December 30, 2020 5:01 pm

I got you fam

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December 30, 2020 1:31 pm

Eye of the Ty-ger!
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December 30, 2020 4:49 pm
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Damn. I kinda want to steal for new avatar but I’ll just share with friends. Badass

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December 30, 2020 1:51 pm

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December 30, 2020 1:54 pm
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I don’t follow the analogy, but I support the cause ..
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December 30, 2020 2:02 pm

These threads are running together
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December 30, 2020 2:08 pm

So if he can hit threes it makes Buddy expendable, correct?

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December 30, 2020 4:36 pm
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Not Sure. Buddy still has more scoring punch. Buddy has also been playing some D this year. Would love for it to be like Curry/Klay, Lillard/McCollum, etc. But, I don’t think Hali is there just yet. Most of Hali’s 3s have been the uncontested, left completely open variety. Against stout man on defenses, he will have issues getting that shot off. I see Hail as a switchable1-2, that can come off the bench. 28-30 a night. Trading Buddy would definitely mean fewer wins. But, it could also accelerate Hali’s room for improvement. The other thing is Fox needs to play like he did last night, every night. Taking nights off or playing dumb(the Phoenix loss) won’t help the team or his cause for an All Star nomination. If the Kings are close to .500 at mid season, Fox has a good shot at getting in this year. At least as a reserve. Harden, Doncic, Curry, and Lillard are probably automatic.

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December 30, 2020 4:42 pm
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It would be very KANGZ for Fox to have his first All-Star caliber season the year there is no All Star Game.

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December 30, 2020 7:27 pm

It would be somewhat Kingsy to finally finish in the top 8 only to be swept in the play-in game by the 10th seed Warriors.

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December 30, 2020 5:18 pm
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IF the playoffs are out of the question (or if the Kings are close of falling of out of contention near the trade deadline) then Buddy, Barnes, and Bjelly are all going to be available…but until then, I wouldn’t trade any of the three.

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December 30, 2020 5:24 pm
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Bjelly should be traded for an upgrade at the 4 if we want to compete. He’s been nearly unplayable in the first 4 games. Hopefully he picks it up as the season goes.

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December 30, 2020 5:39 pm

I’m confused by the notion that Bjelly isn’t playing very well. He’s got a true shooting of 64% and while his defense isn’t great, his passing has been a little better so far this year while his rebounding is down a little bit but he’s pretty much been the same player he was last year. I’ve seen a few people mention Bjelly as a problem but I don’t see any issue and the stats are fine as well.

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December 30, 2020 5:51 pm

This.

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December 30, 2020 6:03 pm

I’m hoping the Kings can get something for Bjelly at the trade deadlie. I’m not especially optimistic, but I’m still hoping. That said, he’s not performing badly. Didn’t realize his TS% was that high, though. SSS huzzah!

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December 30, 2020 11:03 pm
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Yeah I definitely think they should try to move him. Hoping he keeps up the shooting because if he can I would think he’ll have some value.

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December 31, 2020 5:34 am

I think the only thing he has to show is that he isn’t washed. The league knows what he is.

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December 31, 2020 9:07 am
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I feel he’ll have value to a contender at the deadline.

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December 31, 2020 9:53 am
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Totally agree and so far he looks like he always does which hopefully continues.

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December 31, 2020 5:31 am
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I think the team accepting his option for this season was specifically intended for this purpose. A solid, inexpensive veteran player should be able to get you a second rounder at the deadline, or is a nice piece of a larger deal.

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December 31, 2020 7:55 am
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I think the only thing he has to show is that he isn’t washed. The league knows what he is

Yep. 100% agree.

A solid, inexpensive veteran player should be able to get you a second rounder at the deadline, or is a nice piece of a larger deal.

I think this is doable with CoJo’s not too expensive guaranteed money in 2021 and Parker’s expiring so. I would have to agree on this as well.

Twice in one day on agreement. This is becoming a bad habit.

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December 31, 2020 10:01 am
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Ahahahahahha. Awesome.

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December 31, 2020 10:14 am
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December 31, 2020 1:28 pm
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Mr, Peanut Butter?

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December 31, 2020 10:13 am
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Meh, a second rounder isn’t much of an asset. Especially if it’s a high second rounder if you’re sending him to a contender. If he’s part of a larger deal than sure.

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December 31, 2020 1:30 pm
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IT was a second-rounder

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December 31, 2020 12:47 pm
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Let’s keep this new group of guys together for more than four games and see what we have.

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December 30, 2020 2:10 pm

There are so many good Tyrese Haliburton nicknames! How do we decide one?

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December 30, 2020 2:38 pm
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Sticking with Ty Ballgame.

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December 30, 2020 2:51 pm
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Not exactly a knickname, but I’ve been saying
Happy Halidays

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December 30, 2020 3:40 pm
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Happy Halidays

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December 30, 2020 3:05 pm
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I like Burt because it’s short to type and I’ve got a buddy we call Bert. I got tired of typing is full first/last name. H/T to Arcothunder on that.

My personal is Smooth Operator because, well, he is. And it’s a great jam.

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December 30, 2020 3:07 pm
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I support Rese Lightning that someone came up with on an earlier post.

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December 30, 2020 8:14 pm
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How about Manual for Fox, and Automatic for Halli? ‘Cause Fox can shift gears and Halli is smooth.

Bagley can be Brake, cause he slows the offense down is an essential safety feature.

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December 30, 2020 3:59 pm
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He was a Cyclone at Iowa State.

Ty-phoon?

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December 31, 2020 1:37 pm
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“Spec Ops” cause Bagley is the Army, Fox is the Marines, Buddy is the AF, Idk who the navy is but Haliburton is a highly trained, targeted assault based on actionable intel

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December 30, 2020 3:37 pm

The ROY hype train is picking up steam!

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December 30, 2020 4:19 pm

With the drafting of Tyrese, and with the way Bagley is playing lately, this season’s version of the Kings, in my opinion, takes some of the sting out of the Doncic debacle.

Hypothetically if the Mavericks offered Doncic straight up for Hali and Bags, I would turn down that trade.

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December 30, 2020 4:31 pm
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You can turn down that trade if you want, I’m accepting it and sending Mark Cuban a cake if they offer that

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December 30, 2020 6:20 pm
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I would bake the cake

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December 30, 2020 10:36 pm
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And I would, uhh, throw on the frosting!?

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December 31, 2020 3:30 pm

pretty sure it needs to be squirted

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December 30, 2020 4:35 pm
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That’s a bit much. Mavs would be insane to offer that trade, their fans would revolt. And McNair would be equally insane to turn it down.

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December 30, 2020 4:37 pm
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Not one GM would turn down Doncic for Bagley-Tyrese, and certainly not McNair.

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December 30, 2020 7:32 pm
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I would turn it down just to see how much actual steam comes out of your ears after finding out about it.

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December 31, 2020 5:35 am
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My new year’s resolution (again):
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December 31, 2020 8:34 am
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A good resolution for many things, to be sure!

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December 30, 2020 5:45 pm
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That’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever read on this website. There isn’t one GM, Coach or FO person in the NBA who would do that. Stop it. Doncic is a top-3 MVP candidate. Bagley is trying to learn how to play and while Tyrese has been awesome so far lets not get crazy here.

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December 30, 2020 7:33 pm

It’s not as crazy as comparing DeMarcus Cousins to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but it’s certainly a crazy trade proposal.

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December 30, 2020 11:05 pm
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I think that was the old site so I’ll pretend like that never happened! But in case it wasn’t that’s pretty insane lol.

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December 30, 2020 7:41 pm
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That’s….that’s a take alright

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December 30, 2020 10:16 pm
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I think 99% of GM’s make that trade. But I agree with you…I wouldn’t make it. I would not be surprised to see Doncic plateau or decline quickly. He’s already reportedly had issues being in shape to start the season. He’s only shooting 12% from deep this year. He got roasted tonight by the Hornets guards including LaMelo Ball. Halliburton is a way better defender than Doncic ever will be…that’s clear as day after 4 games.

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December 31, 2020 5:37 am
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that’s clear as day after 4 games.

I’d love to be a GM in your league.

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December 31, 2020 2:10 am
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Honestly if we drafted Luka we wouldn’t have Bagley and most likely Haliburton as well if we are being honest. I prefer to keep Hali but that trade scenario is a successful robbery at gunpoint in broad daylight, on stage, in the middle of times square. I would have them on the plane to Dallas within an hour of that offer being made. I’m still happy with what we got now. We finally are beginning to have a feel of sustained success in our near future.

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This is so good I wish I wrote it. Very well sad, have a thumbs up.

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December 31, 2020 9:16 am
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Agree it takes some of the sting out, but there is almost nothing the other 29 teams would offer if Doncic suddenly wanted out of Dallas.

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December 31, 2020 12:52 pm
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Even Vlonty McDivac would be smart enough to make that trade. I love Tyrese and am slowly thawing on Bagley, but Doncic at 21 has already accomplished what only one Sacramento King … Webber … has ever done – make the All-NBA First Team.

And Webber only did it once in his career … Luka did it in his second year.

So let’s pump the brakes juuuuuuust a little and just enjoy the fact that we have the makings of a good, young exciting team.

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December 30, 2020 4:51 pm

I don’t know how the hell I missed that saaaaaaweeeeeeet spin pass but I’ve watched it on loop now a dozen times.

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December 30, 2020 5:11 pm

I think that may be the first time I’ve seen him add flair to the game where it wasn’t necessary to the play, don’t get me wrong…I like it. I wonder if it was to just confuse his own defender.

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December 30, 2020 6:21 pm
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The ball fake to the player in the corner was the key to that play… it caused the double to sag off of Bagley..

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Yeah, kinda reminded me of Ticha Penichero with the spin pass.

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December 30, 2020 5:38 pm

I’m in basketball love!

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December 30, 2020 5:50 pm

Tyrese’s defense is very sophisticated already.

Last night against the Nuggets, Richaun and Tyrese had to switch on D with Tyrese picking up Jokic. Halliburton bodied him and held his right hand up to guard against a pass to Jokic from the right side of the elbow.

Tyrese circled Jokic 360 degrees as Jokic maneuvered to get position and the ball. Eventually the Nuggets player with the ball tries a pass up high over Haliburton to Jokic and Ty defelects it with one arm and gathers in the ball with his other arm. Simply phenomenal play against a much stronger player.

Haliburton takes off for his goal, Jokic sprints to pursue for about three steps and then gives up on the play, and, I think, the game and that was when the Kings won the game.

An exciting player to watch and root for.

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December 31, 2020 9:19 am
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The way he impacts the game on defense is elite. And unlike many defensive stoppers, he’s a plus offensive player as well.

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December 30, 2020 6:04 pm

Ah lai-ike Tie-Reese.

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December 31, 2020 7:48 am
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Goddamn you Fake Bratz. How dare you tease me with a funny potential GIF? It’s too early in the morning for this shit man.

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December 30, 2020 8:12 pm

Haliburton is the most competent, pro-ready, in-control, rookie I personally think we have had since Peja’s rookie year. It’s a relief to watch.

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December 30, 2020 10:41 pm

Because stats based on small sample are worthless, but fun.

Tyrese win share .05

All other 1st round picks combined .07

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December 30, 2020 11:19 pm

Some of his advanced numbers sort of defy logic. They’ll come down over the course of the year but even with significant regression he’s still going to be a good player as a rookie and that’s pretty rare.

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December 31, 2020 12:46 pm

We’re going 87-1 this season … pretty solid.

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December 31, 2020 1:46 pm

CHAMPS!

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December 31, 2020 1:59 pm
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Luke-Coach of the year
Fox:MVP/GOA2020
Haliburton:ROY
Hield:SMOY
Bagley:MIP
Barnes:All-NBA
Holmes:All-Star
Whiteside:DPOY

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