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Garden & Gun: Tyrese Haliburton and his 37th game

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Tyrese Haliburton may be undersized compared to other big men in the NBA, but he is smaller than most rookies of his type. Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 178 pounds, he went undrafted, so the Orlando Magic gave him a shot in the Developmental League (D-League) and the Southern California Athletic Club (SCAC). Haliburton helped them there to a place where he was able to make a name for himself in the United States, win a D-League Championship and attract interest from the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

He was chosen in the 12th round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, and started 38 games for the 76ers’ G-League affiliate in Delaware. Once released, he decided to give it one more try to play in the NBA — this time in the Atlantic Division. He’s made the most of his time with the 76ers’ G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, notching 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Tyrese took part in the May NBA draft, but did not pick up an offer from an NBA team, but was invited to participate in the Summer League. He participated in the Summer League for all four teams in the Atlantic Division.

This season, he joined the 76ers, so he’s in the same division for the first time. He’s currently appearing in all 18 games. We have the newest legend of Delaware — a titan of 46-game season in last year’s D-League Championship, 626 points and 21 blocks — serving as one of two BIG men on the 76ers’ roster. Tyrese has been all over the place this season. He has had numerous All-Star appearances from every point on the court — 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in every game this season.

Now, with Tyrese has found a home and a market of fans, he hopes to take his game to the next level in the NBA next season.

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