Will Tyrese Haliburton be selected as an All-Star?
Tyrese Haliburton is not selected as an All-Star starter. Now, he can make the game as a reserve at best.
After what many would consider a breakout season for the third-year guard, Tyrese Haliburton will not start in the All-Star game. There is still hope that he can make an appearance in the game as a reserve, but he certainly made a case for starting.
Here is the list of starters in the Eastern Conference for 2023:
To me, Haliburton should be in place of Kyrie Irving. Although Irving is scoring more points (26 per), Tyrese has helped take this Pacers team out of the tanking conversation and has placed them firmly in the playoff/in race. Indiana has since fallen out of those standing since his absence. Irving is a good player, but Haliburton had more of an impact and was getting nearly double the assists per game.
Haliburton has played 40 of the 50 games for Indiana this season. In those 10 games without Tyrese, Indiana has only won twice. Haliburton is averaging 20.2 points per game and 10.2 assists per game and shooting nearly 50% from the field. The cherry on top: Haliburton leads the entire league in assists per game and was leading in total assists before missing time with injury.
He is an essential cog in this Pacers offense, and if Indiana did not have TJ McConnell on its roster, things would be much uglier (which says a lot). Haliburton has helped Myles Turner bloom offensively, leading to a career-best season.
Haliburton certainly had a chance, but now his All-Star hopes lie in the hands of the coach’s around the league. They will select the reserves upon which captains from both conferences will draft before the game at All-Star weekend.
Tyrese should be an All-Star, and I believe he will be selected as a reserve. The NBA will announce the rest of the teams on Feb. 2nd, a date that many fans in Indiana will be circling.
If you recall, Wally Sczerbiak told the world that Haliburton was a wannabe All-Star. Not that his opinion matters, but Indiana has an awesome young talent that should be represented. The last four Pacers All-Stars have made it to All-Star weekend via coach’s selection — Victor Oladipo twice, Paul George, and Domantas Sabonis.
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