Tyrese Haliburton’s Team USA run in the 2023 FIBA World Cup has come to an end, and it was certainly impressive. Haliburton showed why he is one of the best playmakers and overall point guards in the NBA today, and why so many of his teammates love playing with him.
Over the course of his 13 games for Team USA, including exhibition matchups, Haliburton displayed an impressive array of shooting, playmaking, and occasional defensive ability, albeit in limited minutes due to Steve Kerr’s refusal to start him despite the metrics perhaps calling for it. Haliburton’s on/off stats definitely suggested that the team played better with him on the floor.
Following the impressive World Cup performance, despite the rather early exit, the focus has shifted toward the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics, which every member of the FIBA World Cup team is most likely gunning for, including Haliburton. He even stated his desire to represent his country and the Pacers in the Olympics if they’d have him back.
While Haliburton is a very talented player and showed some flashes of brilliance with Team USA, especially on the shooting and playmaking side of things, but the NBA’s guard position is very stacked, and Team USA is going to have to field plenty of players and evaluate them before Haliburton has a chance of playing in the Olympics.
With that being said, let’s take a look at Tyrese Haliburton’s competition for the Olympics, and evaluate his chances of making it to Paris in 2024 compared to other USA guard candidates
DISCLAIMER: In between my starting to write this article and it coming out, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that LeBron James is interested in playing for Team USA in the 2024 Olympics and is trying to convince his former Team USA teammates, such as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. to attend. Tthis will make the criteria much more difficult for Haliburton.