The Pacers went after athletic transition pieces this offseason building a team that is perfectly suited to Tyrese Haliburton‘s playstyle. And the first returns on that were on display at a local pro-am tournament this week.
Both Haliburton and Toppin were playing together in Kyle Guy’s Dizzy Runs Pro-Am event in Noblesville Indiana. And the results of the connection? Well they were quite exciting. Toppin was rim-running and catching balls high in the air for multiple alley-oops for the night, many of which came from his newest teammate Ty. Here are a few of the big ones from the evening.
Haliburton with the NFL Quarterback pass:
Haliburton had one assist to Obi that spanned nearly the entire court. Of course, Toppin finished the dunk with the style that we are accustomed to seeing from the Dayton product. They seemed to have a great connection from the moment they stepped on the court.
Sometimes, you just have to keep it simple:
Not all of the alley-oop opportunities were incredibly showy, with this display showing what it might look like on an NBA court most nights. However, Haliburton showed early that he is very comfortable just lobbing it up if Toppin is anywhere in the vicinity of the basket.
Tyrese with the between the legs alley-oop
The real highlight of the night was Toppin receiving a betwee-the-legs all-oop from Haliburton as they were both driving towards the basket.
The 2024 Pacers are going to be an EXCITING basketball team to watch.
The Pacers are going to be can’t-miss watching for basketball fans with their fun rim-running style of play and massive playmaking potential on offense. You won’t want to miss this young team who is never out of a game and can generate offense at the blink of an eye. If Walker, Brown, and Turner can anchor the defense, this team may be a dark horse candidate to make it into the upper-level of the eastern conference.