Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Jrue Holiday was elected to his first All-Star game of his career last Thursday. This is a great accomplishment for Jrue, especially due to the fact that he was selected over Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, a perennial All Star. Holiday is not surrounded by any stars, yet he’s flourished.
It would be great if he could find a way to work well with Andrew Bynum, but due to Bynum’s injuries the two have not been able to build any chemistry on the court. Holiday, however, is still having, without a doubt, the best season of his career.
Let’s take a look at the 2 main reasons Holiday deserved to be an All-Star:
Holiday has become a much better decision maker and that is a big reason he made the All-Star team. Holiday’s dribble penetration opens up many passing lanes and he is able to find the open shooters around the perimeter. Doug Collins did a great job of putting perimeter shooters around him such as, Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, and Nick Young. Holiday is averaging a career high 9 assists and much of this is because of his decision making and improved ability to find the open man.
Holiday has become a great scorer and he’s leading the team with 19.0 points per game. He usually takes good shots and he is able to get open. Not only does his dribble penetration allow him to pass the ball, but he can score in the lane as well. In the month of January, Holiday has 4 games with over 20 points, including a career-high 33 point game against the Toronto Raptors. That is definitely the way you solidify yourself as a deserving member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Holiday is also shooting a career high 45% and if these numbers continue to improve, he will be one of the league’s premier point guards.
I truly hope to see this young rising star perform well not only in this All-Star game, but the games in the future as well. He has a very bright future ahead of him and with a star like Andrew Bynum, he come become even better. It will be interesting to see how the next 6 or 7 years play out for Jrue Holiday and we will all wish him good luck when he performs in his first NBA-All Star game.