Indiana Pacers see guard Tyrese Haliburton as the face of the franchise. The Pacers have a roster with a ton of potential in place and they hope to be able to build a contending team in the future.
“We’re gonna build our team around him,” GM Chad Buchanan told Alex Kennedy of Basketball News. “We see him as hopefully being the next Reggie Miller. We had a Reggie Miller mural painted on a building in downtown Indianapolis, and I think our dream is that one day Tyrese will have [his own] up somewhere in downtown Indianapolis.”
The Pacers have every reason to be optimistic for the future. They drafted another promising player in Ben Mathurin this summer and they’re working towards building a competitive young team around Haliburton.
Haliburton appeared in 26 games with Indiana last season since he was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Pacers on February. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.6 assists on 50/41/84 shooting splits.
“I think any time you have a point guard who likes to make others better, that’s a great starting point to build a team,” Buchanan noted. “He’s very unselfish. But he also knows that there are nights and quarters and possessions where it’s, ‘Hey, the team needs me to score right now.’”
With a very experienced head coach in the bench in Rick Carlisle, Indiana is hoping to continue growing as a team next season. However, they might opt to move some more pieces before the season starts.
Myles Turner and Buddy Hield, two of the veteran players in the roster, are attracting interest from other teams the last two offseasons. It remains to be seen if the Pacers will move on with the current core, or will create even more space for Haliburton and their young core to shine.