Boston Celtics: Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday (left) and the 76ers will face Rajon Rondo (right) and the Celtics on ESPN Friday night.
It seems that most nights we focus on the point guard matchup and who is opposite Rajon Rondo. On Friday night in Philadelphia (and again on Saturday in Boston), the PG duel truly will be the spotlight matchup given just how much Rondo and Jrue Holiday have meant to their respective clubs. From our friends at TrueHoop:
Jrue Holiday might be ready to insert his name into the list of elite point guards in the NBA.
Holiday, who will lead the Philadelphia 76ers into their division matchup with the Boston Celtics on Friday (ESPN, 7 ET) is averaging career highs in points per game (18.2), assists per game (9.3) and player efficiency rating (18.5) this season.
If he keeps up this pace of 18 points and nine assists per game, he would be one of four players since 2000 to have those averages along with Chris Paul, Steve Nash and Deron Williams.
Even though Holiday is leading the NBA in turnovers with more than four per game, the 76ers as a team have the second-lowest turnover percentage (12.6). With a career-high usage rate percentage of 26, the turnovers are expected to be high. At his current averages, Holiday would join Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas (1986-87) and Magic Johnson (1988-89) as the only players with 18 points, nine assists and four turnovers per game for a season.
No team is dependent on one player to create their offense as much as the 76ers are on Holiday. He has been responsible for 43 percent of his team’s total points this season, which leads the NBA. The “points responsible for” statistic includes offense generated from assists and points scored.
Second on that "points responsible" list? Rondo at 41.4 percent for Boston.
Hop HERE to read the full story on Holiday at TrueHoop.
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