What is the origin of Haliburton, who is all-star canvassing and "bombing" WeChat groups? His performance in November was comparable to that of Jenjo
23-year-old Haliburton, a young man with a somewhat similar pronunciation to "Harry Potter", is working his "magic". The Pacers in the 2023-24 season have become the strongest offensive team in the league, and they are expected to break both the offensive efficiency record set by the Kings last season and the points per game record set by the Nuggets in 1980-81. As the heart of this team, Haliburton has also attracted more attention and even entered the MVP discussion.
How strong is Haliburton?
Before we get into how strong Haliburton is, let's look at two stats.
First, Haliburton averaged 28.6 points and 11.7 assists per game in November, shooting 53.2% from the field and 46.7% from three-point range, becoming only the third player in NBA history to average at least 25 points and 10 assists per game in a single month (at least 10 games) and shooting at least 50% and 40% from the field and three-point range. The first two to do it are Jordan and James.
Second, so far this season, Haliburton has averaged 27.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 11.8 assists per game, shooting 51.9% from the field, and 3.9 three-pointers per game, with a three-point shooting rate of 44.7%. The well-known American media clutchpoints compared Haliburton's data with Curry's season when he won the MVP for the first time, 6 data, Haliburton was superior in 5, only the average rebounds per game were not as good as Curry.
Being able to match Giancho's performance in a single month, and his season-to-season performance is stronger than Curry's first MVP season, which definitely shows how strong Haliburton is today. But that's just the stats, and what Haliburton really does is how much he's got to a team's offense.
How strong are the Pacers offense?
So far this season, the Pacers have played 18 games, 14 of which have scored more than 120 points, nine have scored at least 130 points, four have scored at least 140 points, and two games have reached 150 points or more. Their current points per game average (128.8) has surpassed the 1980-81 Nuggets (126.5), the record holder for that statistic. Their offensive efficiency (123.8) is also far better than last season's record-setting Kings (118.6).
The Pacers play at a fast pace, which Haliburton likes best, and on the open court, he can use his passing talent to the fullest, get his teammates running and get the best shots. The data shows that in the 321 minutes that Haliburton was not on the court, the Pacers' offensive efficiency was 118.4, which is already good, and it can also rank fourth in the league this season, but in the 543 minutes that Haliburton was on the court, the Pacers' offensive efficiency was 127.5, which is an eye-popping statistic.
As a point guard, Haliburton is not just a passing machine, he also has a strong offensive ability. So far this season, 48 players in the league have averaged at least 20 points per game, but only two of them have averaged at least 10 assists per game. One is Haliburton and the other is Trae Young.
However, compared to Haliburton, Trae Young's shooting percentage is much lower. Haliburton shot 51.9 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from three-point range, while Trae Young shot 40.9 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range.
Haliburton's assist mentality
Today, Haliburton is already averaging 11.8 assists per game and has a chance to make new history. The American media said that no player in the history of the NBA has ever averaged at least 24 points + 12 assists per game in a single season, and the closest is the "Magic" Johnson of the year, who averaged 23.9 points and 12.2 assists per game in the 1986-87 season, almost reaching this standard. Haliburton now has a chance to hit that threshold, but he has long said he is not someone to play for the stats.
Haliburton once said that he would be very angry if someone called him a data brush. "There's a lot of guys in the league who can assist, but their mentality is, 'When I pass the ball to you, you have to shoot, or I won't pass it to you later.'" 'I'm not that kind of person,' Haliburton said, "I like to see the ball move and try to play the right style of basketball, so I'm not the type of person who says, 'I'll pass the ball only if you shoot.'" I'm not going to play like that. I think most people know that. ”
It has entered the MVP discussion
Haliburton knows very well where the Pacers' strengths lie. "Speed is our weapon, no team wants to touch us, because when they play against us, they have to be ready to run and we are the kind of style that the opponent doesn't want to touch. Especially when you're back-to-back, or if you're playing multiple games on a back-to-back basis, they don't want to see us. ”
The opponent's nightmare, but the welfare of the fans. More and more people are appreciating this Kombat whirlwind, and Haliburton has also entered the MVP discussion with his outstanding performance. On the latest MVP list of data website Basketball Reference, Haliburton ranks fourth, behind Jokic, Embiid and Alexander, and above Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Durant and other stars.
And in the MVP list of the mid-season tournament, Haliburton is in the leading position. Are you optimistic about Haliburton's future?