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Tyrese Haliburton and his personal goal: “I want to be an All-Star”

Tyrese Haliburton is the undisputed star of the rebuilding Pacers. The young point guard, who arrived in the transfer of Domantas Sabonis, feels that he has the confidence of the organization to take charge of the team and show everything he knows how to do; so much so that for the coming season he hopes to make a leap that will lead him to be among the best players in the NBA.

“I don’t have my goals in writing yet, but I want to be a 20-point, 10-assist player. I want to be an All-Star, plain and simple. Those are the two most important things to me. Individually, that is what I have in mind for the season », he expresses in statements collected by James Boyd of the Indianapolis Star.

Haliburton sounds ambitious, but just as realistic. In Indiana he will have minutes and prominence to display all his qualities and explain on the floor what player he can become. Last year, playing 26 games, he averaged 17.5 points and 9.6 assists. Going a little further is within his possibilities; A different matter is that the team’s results take him away from being an All-Star.

Satisfied with office work

At 22, Haliburton is aware that he is in the midst of a major rebuild. Indiana has released some of its best players and others are still expected to leave. However, the young point guard is happy because while these movements are taking place, the Pacers are working on others to improve the roster. Case in point is Dendre Ayton, with whom the Pacers reached a deal before Phoenix matched the offer to keep him. The point is that beyond the setback for not getting the desired player, they sent a message that he has permeated in that he is the main piece in the team’s reconstruction.

“Our front office is aggressive with the goal of getting back to the playoffs. It’s an organization that, as I’ve said at times, for most of my life has been in the playoffs perennially. They want to go back. They are aggressive in contending for championships, which is just how any franchise should be. DeAndre Ayton was offered that deal and he took it. I think it would have been beneficial because he’s a great player, but Phoenix obviously did what they probably should have done,” he notes.

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