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Jrue Holiday perspective from an Avid 76ers Fan

Hello Pelicans,

I wanted to make a post describing Jrue's game from a fan's perspective who probably watched 74/82 of his games last season.

I'll start with this: I love Jrue Holiday. I loved him a year ago when he was far from a household name and I loved him his rookie year. He is so young and yet has such an outstanding grasp of the PG position. 76ers fans who cry and say he wasn't a star and wasn't an option on a championship team are just BSing themselves.

Strengths: Jrue is large at 6'4 as a Point guard and with that height, he can consistently create his own shot. Overall, he has been able to create his own shot but not in an overly efficient manner. Coming to the sixers his weakness was his jumper and that has significantly improved. Jrue is a very good shooter off the dribble, and in catch-and-shoot situations. Jrue's court vision is excellent. He is the best passer I have seen in a sixers uniform by far. He is an excellent interior passer and should immediately turn AD into a better player. Jrue also is excellent at finding shooters and unfortunately on the sixers, we had NONE. Our best 3pt shooters were Nick "Swaggy-P" Young and Dorrell Wright. That is not an exaggeration. I would get so frustrated watching Jrue set up shooters time and time again with WIDE OPEN 3's via his superb drive and dish game. Ryan Anderson is going to have a hell of a year. Excellent defender. A boring topic but I already consider Jrue a top 5 defender at the PG position and I dare you to name 5 PG's who are better defenders. The last statement about his strength is vague but so true. Jrue is smooth, so very smooth. He has such a smooth touch on his layups and shots it made me shiver. There was a number of times I thought he was bottled up in the paint, yet he has a feel for the game that allows him to produce quality shots for himself.

Weaknesses: Guys honestly, there aren't a lot in his game. He gambles on defense sometimes with his position and gets burned but who doesn't. He has a few more turnovers than you would like but that happens when your only great player has to try and carry the team some games. His shot is good but not great. He always looks open no matter what shot he takes due to his 6'4 frame and smooth game but he has a hard time converting some gimme's. It has gotten better each year and I expect the trend to continue in the future.

Outlook: Jrue is an all-star at BARELY 23 years of age. He was 22 about 2 weeks ago. He may have growing pains with his new team but once he settles with his new teammates he is going to continue to operate at an all-star level. He averaged 19 and 9 at the all-star break and really wore down in the 2nd half of the season due to the lack of a backup PG in any form (Jeremy Pargo?? Come on man he isn't even on a roster right now). He was clearly asked to do everything for our 76ers. Honestly, I don't expect his PPG to improve but I do expect his shooting %, Assists per game, and efficiency to improve on the Pelicans. I think this year and next he will average around 16-17 PPG and 9 assists per game. The 76ers were one of the worst scoring teams in the league last year and that was with him busting his ass every night. I think he honestly has the potential to average a double double in the next 3 seasons. Awesome player. Honestly. You will never dislike Jrue Holiday and he will be one of the best PG's in the league for years to come.

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