When the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Andrew Bynum in exchange for Andre Iguodala before the season, everyone assumed 2012-2013 would be the year the Sixers took the leap from competitive team to a legit Eastern Conference contender. Unfortunately that plan hit a major road bump during Jrue Holiday‘s breakout season.
The Sixers drafted a then 19-year old Holiday 17th overall in 2009 after a so-so freshman year at UCLA in hopes that he would eventually develop into a solid point guard down the line. Holiday’s rookie season produced mixed results, some good and some bad but with lots of potential.
Holiday showed enough promise to prompt the Sixers to make him their full time starter in his second season, with Holiday upping his production from eight points and 3.8 assists his rookie season to 14 points and 6.5 assists the next. Holiday’s third season hit a snag as he missed 17 games due to injury, causing a delay in his leaning curve.
But everything has come together for Holiday this season. Bynum’s questionable knees have caused him to miss the season Holiday has made the leap to All-Star status, averaging over 18 points and close to nine assists for a Sixers team that went from playoff contender back to NBA draft lottery.
Despite that, Holiday has thrown himself into the conversation as one of the best players in the league under 25. And luckily for the Sixers Holiday is still just 22 years on and under contract through the 2017.
Philadelphia should seriously consider abandoning the Bynum experiment and build the roster around Holiday. The young point guard has shown the ability to hold his own and will only get better. The Sixers should make Holiday the face of the team.