Kings rookie shooting guard Tyrese Haliburton, selected with the No. 12 pick out of Iowa State in the 2020 draft, is looking like a great long-term addition for Sacramento, writes Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
The 6’5″ two-guard is averaging 11.8 PPG, 5.4 APG, and 3.8 RPG across 20 games for the Kings. He also holds sparkling shooting numbers, boasting a slash line of .484/.433/.867.
“Ty has that ‘it’ factor,” veteran Kings forward Harrison Barnes said. “He’s going to be special in this league for a long time on and off the floor.”
There’s more out of California:
- The Warriors are sending second-year big man Alen Smailagić to join their G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for the Orlando NBAGL “bubble” campus season, according to a team press release. Across 14 games, the 6’10” Smailagić averaged 4.2 PPG and 1.9 RPG in 9.9 MPG during his rookie season in 2019/20. He has yet to play for Golden State this year, having undergone knee surgery last month.
- Though Lakers starting center Marc Gasol is averaging a career-low 3.8 PPG (albeit in a career-low 19.4 MPG), Los Angeles head coach Frank Vogel is not concerned, according to Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register. Gasol’s shooting numbers, however, are a bit unsettling: he is connecting on just 36.8% from the field and 31.7% from deep. He made 38.5% of his three-point looks last season. “He’s out there to defend and rebound and play-make from the top of the key and sometimes that’s going to mean he’s going to get a couple of good looks at the 3-point line, a few short rolls and some other situations, some post-up on switches and whatnot,” Vogel said.
- Clippers star forward Paul George has been sidelined for the past two games with a bone edema in his foot, according to Mirjam Swanson of The Orange County Register. Head coach Tyronn Lue would not speculate on the duration of George’s absence. “I don’t know,” he said. “We’re going to miss him. We wish him a speedy recovery.” George is averaging a stellar 24.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 5.5 APG in 20 games this season.
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17 thoughts on “California Notes: Haliburton, Smailagić, Gasol, George”
Can’t believe he fell to 12. Doesn’t make up for passing on Luka but a very welcome and much needed edition.
% to reach
Halliburton is a better player than Oladipo
Sure Oladipo is playing like crap right now, but don’t you think it’s just a tad premature to say Haliburton is already better than him?
If you want to trade Oladipo for Frank NT, Knicks won’t offer the second round pick via Pistons
Suns Frank TT has more trade value than Frank NT
So Derrick Rose has more trade value than Oladipo?
Houston would begin the call by hanging up.
If the Rockets ever try to trade Oladipo they will get way more than Frank Ntilikina and a 2nd round pick. Obviously the salaries don’t even come close to matching, but they would easily get a couple of pretty decent players and a first round pick as well.
WTF? Kid plays 20 games and that’s what you come up with?
Knicks botched that one up by not taking him. Want a CP3 or Aaron Gordon?
Gasol has looked utterly useless this season. Can’t quite understand how he’s got a starting gig. He doesn’t even jump to start the game anymore – at 7’1″!
I get that he’s smart and organises the D etc, but isn’t there a player who’d do enough of that eho can at least move his feet, jump and shoot? I’d rather have McGee.
I’d have to agree. I think it’s time to trade that jersey in for a suit and become a defense “specialist” coach or to coach the “big” men to improve their game from on and around the boards.
Gasol seems “stockier” this season but have not seen him play much. George is doing what George does. His body does not hold up well to the strain of professional basketball.
Vogel and everyone in LA is concerned with Gasol right now, he’s just flat out toast
Really tough to depend on the buy-outs and they just dont have the right assets for a Cousins/Javale Mcgee type trade (* that everyone else wants as well)
Good possibility AD just ends up more at the 5 when it matters in playoffs- Just chop down Gasols token minutes to start each half. The days of thinking of him as serviceable are officially gone tho
Gasol is here for playoffs. He’ll be there when needed. He’s not a rim protector. But gives them depth. Lakers meet a big Center team. They could have trouble. Jokic and Embiid will give them trouble. Harrell, AD, Bron is a serious front line. So Gasol just has to give 20-25 good mins. All about the playoffs. But at center is where Lakers can get hurt. Especially on D, rim protector.
At this point anything past 11 mins would be a hazard moving forward ( 2 token 5.5 mins to start halves – Gasol isnt capable of 22-24 serviceable playoff mins where we stand today; at least not enough for a Top 5 team to feel comfortable with going forward-
Improving via trade is tough for this team, the buy-out market is usually extremely over-rated; its a tough job moving forward but by no means do I think the answer will be Gasol Rd 1.
They will have the last 30 games to potentially work in a new starting center; tough job it will be placing who that person will be, they should have never let Mcgee get away
Anybody that cares about what Gasol does counting stats wise doesnt realize how incredible of a free pickup that was for them. Not only for themselves, but they take him away from other teams he could have helped, and I feel like he is one of the better options against them. I felt like they did a similar thing with that when they signed Dwight last year, instead of the Clippers or Heat