Tyrese Haliburton joins elite Pacers’ company

Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

As Pacers’ fans, we all need to be grateful to the way that Tyrese Haliburton has been able to resurrect franchise hopes in a matter of a year and a half. Since he was traded by the Kings to the Pacers he has made an all-star team and given the Pacers a franchise cornerstone to build around. But now he is joining elite company in the history of the Pacers.

On Thursday it was announced that Haliburton would be gracing the cover of SLAM magazine, one of the biggest magazines devoted to covering all things basketball. And while there haven’t been many Pacers to grace the cover of the magazine, there have been a few.

Reggie Miller was the first Pacers to ever grace the cover of the magazine, to be followed by Jermaine a few years later. Haliburton now becomes the third player to make it onto the cover and is beginning to make a case for himself that he is one of the best Pacers players of all time.

This isn’t the first time that Haliburton has been putting the Pacers into the national spotlight, having been on multiple national telecasts and podcasts throughout the greater NBA media community. But it is another building block towards building a successful career here in Indiana.

And the crazy thing is, Haliburton only has room to grow from here.

Haliburton isn’t even at his peak yet and will continue to get better over the coming years. And the Pacers have shown a commitment to him as a player with a massive 260 million dollar contract and by drafting players that obviously will fit well around him in Jarace Walker and bringing in free agents like Bruce Brown.

Congrats Ty, the honor is well-deserved and I can’t wait to see what you are able to accomplish in your time in Indiana.