Philadlphia 76ers’ Guard Jrue Holiday Has Risen to The Challenge in His Increased Role

By Phil Naegely
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With the departure of star Andre Iguodala in the off-season trade that brought in Andrew Bynum, Jrue Holiday was going to be a starting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers. So far this season, he has lived up to his role and been a bright spot to a so far mediocre season. Because of such, Holiday was named to his first All-Star team.

At times the Sixers have found a spark and have gone on a winning streak, but they always seem to find on their way back on the losing end especially in road games.

This season Holiday has been the backbone of the team. He is essentially what Iguodala was to the Sixers last year: A strong leader on the team who also shined on the court with his unselfish play as well as his ability to make the play happen when necessary.

In the 2012-13 season, Holliday has played in all 47 games averaging 38 minutes of action. Last year he was only averaging about 33 minutes of action per game.

Another increase in the stats this year has been his scoring. Holliday is averaging 19 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. Holiday rising up to his new role is why the Sixers are only four games out of the playoff picture. Trust me, it could be much worse.

At the same time though, Holiday isn’t Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant who can carry the whole team by himself. He is good, but not that good.  The rest of his teammates like Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes need to start playing more consistent and not having their phenomenal performances in games be flukes. Maybe Jeremy Pargo will get a contract with the Sixers after his 10-day contract expires this weekend, and if Bynum ever returns this season, then that could help Holiday not have to be the sole superstar on the Sixers.

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