This is a good sign for the young guard’s health.
Tyrese Haliburton continues to be one of the most highly-regarded young players in the NBA.
After earning a number of honors in his rookie season, Haliburton will be a member of the USA Select Team that will scrimmage against the men’s senior national team in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The select team will participate in training camp from July 6 to 9 in Las Vegas.
The select team will be coached by Erik Spoelstra with Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Jamahl Mosley, who has been an assistant coach on the Dallas Mavericks since 2014, on Spoelstra’s staff. In addition to Haliburton, Saddiq Bey, Miles Bridges, Anthony Edwards, Darius Garland, Tyler Herro, John Jenkins, Keldon Johnson, Josh Magette, Dakota Mathias, Immanuel Quickley, Naz Reid, Cam Reynolds, Isaiah Stewart, Obi Toppin, P.J. Washington, and Patrick Williams will be playing for the team.
This bodes well for Haliburton in a number of respects. First of all, it puts him on the radar of the national team. Haliburton’s shown a commitment to USA Basketball in the past; he was named to all-tournament team at the 2019 U19 World Cup, when he helped lead the American team to a gold medal. Making the jump to the select team is an important step should Haliburton ever want to compete at the Olympics or a senior world cup. Three of the players from the 2016 select team were named to to this year’s Olympics squad — Devin Booker, Jerami Grant, and Zach LaVine — so this is the right path for Haliburton to be on.
It’s also good to see Haliburton ready to play basketball after an injury that cost him the final eight games of the season. The 21-year-old guard has said that he’s 100 percent healthy, but saying that is a far cry from participating in five-on-five scrimmages. Being on the select team means that Haliburton’s offseason is going well.