Kings Sign Lottery Pick Haliburton

The Kings have signed their lottery pick, guard Tyrese Haliburton, according to a team press release.

Haliburton was the 12th overall pick in the draft. Assuming he received 120% of the rookie scale for his draft slot, as virtually all first-rounders do, Haliburton will make $17,878,995 over the next four seasons. His first-year salary will be $3,831,840.

Haliburton was one of the top point guards in the draft, though he could often play in two-point looks with the Kings. As a sophomore at Iowa State, he averaged 15.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.5 APG and 2.5 SPG and 36.7 MPG in 22 games before a wrist injury ended his season.

“We are thrilled to have drafted Tyrese and excited to welcome him to the Kings family,” GM Monte McNair said. “He is an incredibly talented athlete whose shooting, creative passing and ball handling skills combined with his ability to defend either guard position will be a valuable addition to our backcourt. Tyrese also has an engaging personality and is just the type of high character individual who fits the future of what we are building in Sacramento.”

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13 thoughts on “Kings Sign Lottery Pick Haliburton

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Kings lucked out. They knew Bogdanovic was leaving. And Halliburton fell on their lap. Bulls should of took him. Pistons went higher upside in future. They can be patient. Knicks were not going to pass on BPA in Toppin. We got lucky too. Suns and Spurs passing on him was unexpected to me.

  2. OrienGreene

    I bet on him for ROY. Not cuz I think he will win, but because the odds were sick

  3. Kings got a top 7 at 12. Right move taking the best available talent as opposed to position drafting, even if they have Fox and BH in the backcourt.

  4. Dxit90a

    I really wanted the Knicks to draft him but I understand why they took Toppin.

    • kingsforever 2

      Then explain it to me. Toppin ‘to love New York. But He is a big man with terrible defense. And Robinson is a good center. Would a pointguard or a 3-D player have met the needs of the squad !?

      • jkoms57

        The Knicks already had Obi Toppin.. his name was Julius Randle.

        The knicks desperately need a PG to contend in any fashion.

        • x%sure

          Toppin will be better than Robinson and Randle… a combo of those two and the guard you’d rather have. Toppin may be the Knick’s best 3pt shooter!

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