From Anthony Edwards to Killian Hayes, from Tyrese Maxey to LaMelo Ball, the 2020 NBA draft is guard-heavy.
Tyrese Haliburton, a guard out of Iowa State, has an NBA-friendly game. He has the potential to be one of the best guards of his class, but for all his good shooting, Haliburton is knocked for his mechanics.
He defended his jumper Tuesday on ESPN’s The Jump, and he talked about how he practices with his brother or someone else to simulate being guarded.
“The most important part for me is that it goes in, and I think it goes in at a pretty high clip,” Haliburton said on The Jump. “Just through workouts and different things, what I got to kind of experiment with in my freshman and sophomore year from college, I feel like my shot has gotten only better.”
Haliburton has a quality release, with his fingers flicking toward the rim. But he also shoots relatively flat-footed, letting his arms do a lot of the work. His non-traditional mechanics don’t hinder his success, though. Haliburton shot 41.9% from the 3-point line on 5.6 attempts per game in his sophomore season.
Haliburton showed his shooting potential during his freshman year, hitting at a 43.4% clip from deep on 3.2 attempts per game.
Last season Haliburton’s scoring and assists numbers increased. He scored 15.2 points per game and dished 6.5 assists. As a quality playmaker and shot maker, Haliburton would fit with most NBA teams because of his new-school skill set.