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NBA Philadelphia 76ers

It Is Up To Jrue Holiday For Philadelphia 76ers

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers made a major trade in the offseason picking up Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum hasn’t played a single minute for Philadelphia this season and the 76ers have struggled all season with a 21-27 record going into Friday’s action. If there has been one player that has really picked up the slack for Philadelphia this season, it would be Jrue Holiday. Holiday is averaging 19 points a game in his third year in the National Basketball Association and will make his first appearance in the All-Star Game on Feb. 17.

Holiday is also finding himself playing very heavy minutes right now for Philadelphia, averaging over 41 minutes per game over his last five games. While Holiday is still young at age 22, those kind of minutes can really take a toll on a player. Holiday is going to have to keep Philadelphia in the playoff race because it looks like Bynum is nowhere to be seen and may not even come back this season. It makes the team look bad when they make a huge trade and then it all goes downhill. Luckily, the team has had Holiday picking up the scoring or it could be much worse.

The one bad thing about Holiday this season has been the turnovers though. Holiday is a very exciting player but he turns the ball over a lot. Those kind of things have to stop for Holiday to make it to the next level. At this point though, it is going to be up to Holiday to keep scoring the way he has all season. He is the only hope for the 76ers to make the playoffs.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.