Prior to Thanksgiving, Jrue Holiday alluded to Jen Hale of FoxSports that a bump in minutes was on the horizon. At the time, he had given a time frame of about a week and a half, but it wasn't until this past Monday did he finally knock on the door of the 30-minute barrier.
Almost in conjunction with the increase in minutes, Alvin Gentry had announced prior to the game in Chicago last Saturday, Holiday was going to miss his final game of a back-to-back set this season due to the preseason-placed restrictions.
In his 29 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers, Holiday put up a line of 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 threes, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block. But if you've been following him closely of late, this type of production has been the norm rather than some exception.
For the month of December, Holiday's 36 minute averages are tantalizing: 21.6 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 threes and 2.5 steals. He has shot 52% from the field, 57.1% from the three-point line and 92.9% from the free throw line. Care to guess which player these numbers most closely resemble?
That's right little Warrior fans, it's none other than Stephen Curry. In 36 minutes a game this season, the undisputed early season MVP has a line of 33.3 points, 6.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 5.2 threes and 2.3 steals on a 51.7 FG%, a 45.8 3FG% and a 90.8 FT%.
That's not bad company!
Further, Holiday has been far and away the most productive New Orleans Pelican for the month of December. His net rating is a sparkling +8.5; in comparison, Anthony Davis sits at -3.7. Buoyed by a ridiculous 68.6 TS%, Holiday has the highest offensive rating, and his defensive rating of 105.0 has been better than everyone but Alexis Ajinca.
Last March, I opined that Jrue Holiday is one of the best 2-way point guards in the league. His production of late suggests he is playing at the level right now, and fantasy managers would be smart to take his play under advisement. No more back-to-back restrictions and around 30 minutes a game is going to lead to a lot of fantastic lines.
Anthony Davis' Robin is set to #TakeFlight.
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