Tyrese Haliburton will have plenty of suitors in the 2020 NBA Draft. Where would he fit best?
Iowa State doesn’t send tons of stars to the lottery, but during the 2019-20 season, the Cyclones were led by one of the best prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft. Point guard Tyrese Haliburton is the best Swiss Army knife in this draft, as he is a 6-5 point guard with the ability to guard three positions on the perimeter and the skill to stroke it from deep.
In a draft that has complete chaos behind LaMelo Ball at the point guard position, Haliburton’s draft position could vary wildly. These five teams, however, look like the best fit for this gangly, yet talented, perimeter playmaker.
On paper, Washington’s backcourt looks set, as the always explosive John Wall will return to a team that saw Bradley Beal average over 30 points per game. However, Washington is two inches away from blowing this whole thing up given how they once again missed out on the postseason. With Beal the subject of seemingly endless trade rumors and Wall, a player who has always predicated his game on speed, playing for the first time in almost two years after an Achilles injury, that backcourt isn’t totally set in stone.
Haliburton is viewed as a point guard by many, but his 43 percent success rate from 3 and ability to guard several positions will get quite a few teams interested in him as a wing. Even if he isn’t handling the ball much as a rookie, Haliburton will provide some perimeter scoring and lockdown defense to a team in dire need of both of those traits.
Washington was flambéed for years for not getting Wall and Beal adequate support, but they have some solid complementary pieces on this squad. Thomas Bryant and Troy Brown continued their upward ascensions this season, while rookie Rui Hachimura averaged 13.5 points per game, a sign that he could be a consistent 20-per-game scorer in this league. With Haliburton gradually assuming the role as the team’s starting point guard over time, Washington might have a very strong foundation for their first post-Beal years