Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton’s Team USA competition for the 2024 Olympics: Final verdict – Does Haliburton make it to the 2024 Olympics?
This is tough, and things could come down to the wire and the final set of cuts, but I think Haliburton just barely makes or misses the roster. Going through the guards I have discussed, I have come up with a final guard rotation of the following:
Stephen Curry, Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell, Tyrese Haliburton
I was on the fence about whether I should have Brunson or Haliburton on the roster, and I think I would have added both if the news about LeBron James recruiting his friends to play for Team USA didn’t come out.
And since he has only played with Stephen Curry once (in the All-Star game), he would most certainly try to recruit him, and this would only be amplified if Steve Kerr is still the coach of the Warriors come 2024.
I think it’s safe to say that with LeBron James most likely on board for Team USA next year, he will be bringing some firepower with him as he always does. I suspect he will manage to convince a couple of players to join with him, such as Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. There have even been talks of Joel Embiid joining Team USA next year, although I doubt it.
All in all, I think Tyrese Haliburton stacks up well with the Team USA candidates for next year due to his evident eagerness to play in the Olympics, his sheer talent and ability to make teammates better, and his previous experience playing for Team USA this year, and playing quite well at that.
One thing’s for sure, though: If Curry does agree to join the team in Paris, do not expect Haliburton to get significant minutes anytime soon. If he wasn’t starting over Brunson, he definitely isn’t starting over Curry.
However, it should still be a very fun experience for Haliburton and Pacers fans. They would get to see one of their own represent the country for the first time since Paul George and company won gold in the 2016 Olympics.
For now, Pacers fans can fantasize and dream about Haliburton throwing one of his flashy alley-oops for a thunderous LeBron James tomahawk to finish the break. If the Paolo Banchero lob got you excited, you haven’t seen anything yet.