Tyrese Haliburton has a winning pedigree and that’s what the Kings need right now

Tyrese Haliburton has a winning pedigree and that’s what the Kings need right now

The Sacramento Kings are in the midst of the longest playoff drought in the NBA, as they haven’t played postseason basketball over the last 14 years.

Thanks to several questionable front office decisions the last five seasons, the Kings remained close to the bottom of the tough Western Conference.

However, Sacramento could have the blueprint of success in the next few seasons by drafting an NBA ready player in the last offseason.

Enter Tyrese Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton was the 11th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. A draft that due to the situation with the pandemic, was a tough one with the lack of playing and scouting last season.

Haliburton was clearly considered a lottery pick, however his value might be even bigger for the Kings, who had a difficult time of making the right selection in the recent drafts.

While the jury is still out for Marvin Bagley because of his injury issues the last couple of seasons, the Haliburton experience seems to be a blast so far for Sacramento.

The best rookie for the month of January is not the flashiest or the most radiant player you will see on the floor, however he is capable of making the right play at the right time.

Jan 9, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) brings the ball down the court against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Haliburton is rightfully praised for his winning pedigree. Among players with at least 10 games in the clutch, Haliburton is shooting 66.7% from the field in the last 5 minutes of games that point differential is fewer than five points.

In his career-high performance against the Celtics, the Kings’ rookie scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half having a huge contribution for his team in the crucial third quarter (10 points), where Haliburton kept them close to the score, after Boston took control of the game.

In particular, he made two back-to-back threes, while the Celtics took an 11-point lead (74-63) and put up a tip-shot on Buddy Hield’s miss to close the quarter, while he started the fourth quarter with a three-point play that put the Kings up front (82-84).

Those sequences had a common denominator, they were momentum changing plays that put Sacramento in a position to win against tough competition.

Back in his ability to operate in the clutch, the Kings are a plus-9.6 in close games, when Haliburton is on the floor with the rookie ranking higher than his teammates Buddy Hield and D’Aaron Fox in this category.

The Kings on crossroads(?)

The Sacramento Kings are on a quite the funk the last 14 seasons, as they’re trying unsuccessfully to play winning postseason basketball.

Haliburton can definitely become a part of the Kings’ future bringing in his winning pedigree to a losing organization. The Kings have to address many issues including their shaky defense(29th in OPPG) this season and the potential fit of other players in the roster.

If they could find the right pieces to surround their stars, the Kings could return soon to their winning ways. Fox and Haliburton could be a potential fountain of scoring creation in the future, while Marvin Bagley can also be a scoring juggernaut in the paint, if he remains healthy.

The franchise has a long road ahead to establish a winning mentality, but players like Haliburton could be good start for the Kings to build something steady in Sac Town.

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