Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton trolls Knicks for passing on him in draft for Obi Toppin
Sacramento Kings rookie Tyrese Haliburton had a huge all-around game against the New York Knicks on Friday night, showing the ‘Bockers why they are going to regret passing up on him in the 2020 NBA draft.
The 20-year-old point guard admitted he played with a little extra motivation against New York, per Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News:
“My job is to make them think about that when they go to sleep,” the Kings rookie said.
“I guess it fueled me personally. But I love it here (in Sacramento). If I did it all over, I pray to God I slipped here. It’s no hard feelings. It is what it is. It’s a business. I don’t care.”
Haliburton also took a subtle shot at the Knicks on Twitter.
— Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) January 23, 2021
To be fair, the Knicks weren’t the only team to pass up on the Iowa State standout. New York selected Obi Toppin with the no. 8 overall pick, while the Kings got a steal by picking Tyrese Haliburton at 12th.
Haliburton tallied 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes off the bench. He also shot 7-of-13 from the field and made a couple of triples.
The 20-year-old guard also made a crucial play late in the game that showed his tremendous basketball IQ. With a little over a minute remaining in the game and the Kings looking to seal the win, Haliburton baited Knicks guard RJ Barrett into a turnover and picked the Canadian’s pass into the corner. He later pushed the ball in transition and delivered a pin-point pass to a trailing Richaun Holmes to push Sacramento’s lead to 11.
So far, Haliburton has shown that he is one of the best players in the 2020 draft class and that the Kings are right to pick him. He is among the early favorites to win Rookie of the Year through the early goings of the season.