Former Cyclones Star Tyrese Haliburton Is All-Star Game Reserve
Former Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton was named an All-Star Game reserve on Thursday, as he’ll play in the All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.
Hailburton, who plays for the Indiana Pacers, will make his first All-Star Game appearance.
Haliburton, in his third NBA season, leads the league in assists with 10.2 per game. He’s also among the Top 50 scorers in the league, averaging 20.2 points. He also averages four rebounds per game.
As of Thursday, the Pacers were 10th in the Eastern Conference standings.
Haliburton reached the Pacers in a trade that sent him, former Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson to Indiana in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday, Jeremy Lamb and a 2023 second-round pick.
Haliburton was originally drafted by the Sacramento Kings No. 12 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, which was delayed to November of that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Haliburton played two seasons for the Cyclones. As a freshman he averaged 6.8 points, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game, helping the Cyclones win the 2019 Big 12 Tournament championship. The following season, Haliburton averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.5 steals in a truncated season that saw him miss the back half of the Big 12 schedule after suffering a fractured wrist.
The other Eastern Conference reserves are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), DeMar DeRozan (Chicago Bulls), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks) and Julius Randle (New York Knicks).
Embiid played his college basketball at Kansas.
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