The PG position is more difficult to play than the other 4 spots. A PG needs to have high basketball IQ as he runs the offense. You don’t have to be a great scorer, just be able to guide the team. Some say that the PG is an extension of the coach on the court. I can agree with that.
And that brings me to our special guy: Jrue Holiday. Jrue’s been around for what is his 3th year this past season. He’s never had a mentor at his position. It’s been him and Lou, if you count Lou as a real PG. this may not seem like a big deal but I really think Jrue can pick up some important things from a quality veteran PG. The PG doesn’t have to be very good. Late 20’s and early 30’s. There are options out there. Kirk Hinrich is a free agent. I’m not saying that he’ll come to Philly. Hang with me as I toss out names. I’m not really suggesting who the Sixers should go after. If the Raptors amnesty Jose Calderon, I think he would fit on the Sixers’ team. He’s a real PG that can shoot.
If the Sixers want to sign people, they’ll need room in the cap. That’s part of why I wanted Elton Brand amnestied. Free up some room. You don’t want to overpay but Jrue’s development is very valuable for the success of the team. I think you have to take it seriously. If your PG isn’t good, the team probably isn’t going to be that great unless you’ve got great players at the other positions.
When Jrue gets in trouble with coach for those turnovers and stuff like that, Jrue can sit on the bench and watch a seasoned PG play a bit. He can pick up on some things. Even in practice.
In life, we better relate to people who have been in our shoes. Brand and Iguodala can be a presence all they want but they can’t teach everything to Jrue on what it takes to be a great PG. Some of it comes from learning on your own. But, let’s get Jrue some help anyway.