Jrue Holiday; Philly’s Lone All Star

December 28, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach Michael Curry (right) instructs point guard Jrue Holiday (11, left) during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the 76ers 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The last two months have been dreadful. The Sixers have only won seven games since the start of December, and the only bright spot this season has been the emergence of Jrue Holiday. The Sixers have been outhustled, undermanned, and flat-out destroyed by most of their opponents.  Tomorrow is a significant day for Sixer fans only because of Holiday’s chances at catching his first All-Star bid.

Most likely we’ll be disappointed once again when finding out Holiday will be an All-Star snub, like many great players on struggling teams. Holiday’s numbers are at their finest since stepping into the league as a rookie: 19 ppg., 9 apg., 4.2 rpg and 1.4 spg. His performance this year has been nothing short of impressive and watching him play on game night is a true treat for any basketball fan. Jrue’s game possesses the fundamentals, along with hard-nosed defensive attitude and a sprinkle of some flashiness on the side. It’s no wonder why Philadelphia gave him a deserving four-year extension worth $41 million last November.

The wishful, optimistic Sixers fan will pull for Holiday’s first All Star appearance, and a return by Andrew Bynum in the second half of the season that will propel Philadelphia to a lower seed in the playoffs. But the way everything has been going for Philly this season, it’s hard to see half of that happening. Luckily the Sixers are in a weak conference that always has the door open for a late playoff slot. If Philadelphia does find a playoff spot this year, it’ll surely be through the stellar play of Holiday.

Topics: 2013 All-Star Weekend, Andrew Bynum, Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers

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  • http://dalanel.wordpress.com/ Dante Nelson

    Yeah I’m glad Holiday took this leap. Had he performed like last year, I’m not sure this team makes it to double digit wins at this point in the season. He’ll need some help (and I’m not talking about Bynum). Thad’s actually been good for the team too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dan.friedberg.3 Dan Friedberg

    I think Jrue gets the All Star nod. It certainly isn’t helping that he’s had a few sub par games lately, but his stats speak for themselves. And I think it’s funny that everyone keeps saying that the Sixers record might hurt him, yet Kyrie Irving is a virtual lock. That first time Kevin Love got in also, the T-Wolves had a terrible record.

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