Jrue Believers: Inside Holiday's Breakout Season

While all else has gone wrong this season with the Philadelphia 76ers, the team’s young point guard, Jrue Holiday, has had the best season of his career by far. All of the UCLA product’s numbers are up, and he was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve for the Eastern Conference. Throughout many parts of the season, it has seemed as though Holiday was the only player on the Sixers.

The fourth-year player has taken the entire association by surprise this year. Jrue has averaged 19.3 points and 8.8 assists entering Thursday night’s match-up with the Chicago Bulls, both career-highs. Along with the point guard’s impressive per game numbers, his Player Efficiency Rating, or PER, is up 3.75 from a year ago, climbing all the way to 18.52 this season. Holiday is shooting 45.7% from the field this year, including 68.7% at the rim, and an impressive 48.9% from 10-15 feet away from the basket. The Sixers’ captain has established himself as one of the better go-to scorers in the league as well, averaging 0.9 points per possession in isolation situations. Of all the great numbers that Jrue Holiday has posted this year, his 51.5% 3-point shooting percentage in catch-and-shoot situations may be the most impressive.

There may not be much to be optimistic for Sixers’ fans, but if there is anything at all, it is the progress the fourth-year point guard has made. Career-highs across the board and his first All-Star appearance have caught everyone’s attention. With the spotlight now on Holiday, it will be interesting to see how he continues to progress. Sixers’ fans can all agree on one thing, while the team may be struggling, they have found a diamond in the rough, and it comes in the form of Jrue Holiday.

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