NBA Mock Draft #9: Washington Wizards- Tyrese Haliburton
The Wizards will be playing in Orlando when the NBA season restarts meaning they could still make the playoffs and drop out of the lottery. The odds are frozen, so they cannot improve their chances of moving up by losing their eight regular season games remaining.
Washington has Bradley Beal and John Wall, but Haliburton is too good to pass up. The 6’5 guard had a breakout in his second season at Iowa State. Haliburton can play on or off the ball giving the Wizards an even more dynamic backcourt group.
He averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.5 steals, and 2.4 3-pointers made in 36.7 minutes per game this season for the Cyclones. Haliburton shot 50.4 percent from the field, 41.9 percent on his threes, and 82.2 percent from the foul line.
Haliburton will thrive as a spot-up shooter and secondary creator. His wingspan and basketball IQ should make him a plus defender in the NBA in a hurry too. The Wizards struggled on D this season adding another element to the fit here. Haliburton has the upside to grow into a lead guard and do it all threat. Expect the former Cyclone to be a top ten pick on draft night.
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