1. Tyrese Haliburton
Haliburton has been outstanding since joining the Pacers in a shocking trade deadline deal in 2022. He averaged over 20 points per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 40.0 percent on his threes, and 87.1 percent from the foul line. The 6’5 guard would have finished second in the NBA in assists per game, but his 56 played were not enough to qualify.
Haliburton can only shock the world by going from All-Star to superstar. The 23-year-old keeps climbing. Can he average 25 points and ten dimes per game as he pushes the Pacers to the playoffs? Does the 6’5 guard become the 12th player in NBA history with a 50-40-90 season? Those are the shocking things that Haliburton can do sooner rather than later.
Pushing the Indiana Pacers into the top six with another increase in his production will have Tyrese Haliburton in the running for All-NBA and superstar status. He is on that trajectory, but few expect him to get there this season. Being an All-NBA guard is difficult because of the competition, which will make Haliburton’s inclusion much sweeter.
Will the Indiana Pacers shock the world this season? They have a ton of young talent with room to grow. It won’t be easy but do not be surprised to see them make a massive leap.