AMES – Former Iowa State men’s basketball player Tyrese Haliburton has been named to the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. The starting point guard for the Indiana Pacers, Haliburton joins Jeff Hornacek in 1992 as the only Cyclones to be selected to the game.
Haliburton will be making his first appearance in the game, as he was one of seven reserves selected from the from NBA Eastern Conference. The game is scheduled for Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City.
Despite missing the last 10 games with injury, Haliburton leads the league in assists with 10.2 per game. In 40 games this season, Haliburton is averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Haliburton returned to the Pacers starting lineup Thursday night.
The 30 NBA coaches selected the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences. LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo were announced last week as the captains alongside the starters for the game.
For the first time, the NBA All-Star Draft will take place right before the game. The two team captains will draft the team rosters for Team LeBron and Team Giannis from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. The Draft will start at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. The game will air on TNT and TBS.