Jrue Holiday Slipping as Philadelphia 76ers Continue to Struggle

By Cody Williams
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In an NBA season that has been filled with disappointments for the Philadelphia 76ers, the brightest of their few bright spots has been Jrue Holiday. The 22-year old point guard has unleashed a career year for Philadelphia this season, impressing many people along the way.

However, as the 76ers have been in a free fall over the past few weeks, Holiday has struggled to sustain his terrific production.

For the year, Holiday has averaged a career-high in points, assists and rebounds per game. He’s put up 18.6 points, 8.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per contest. With his role in the offense greatly increasing, he’s been able to maintain his career average in efficiency, shooting 44.5 percent from the field.

However, the 76ers have lost eight of their last 10 games and have looked less than ideal over that stretch. One of the reasons for that is that Holiday’s numbers have slipped during that stretch. Over the last 10 games, Holiday has averaged just 15.4 points, 8.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Holiday’s assists and rebounds have stayed relatively the same, but the obvious decline is in his scoring, which is down 3.2 points from his season-average. That’s largely due to his slipping efficiency over this stretch. He’s shot just 38.4 percent from the field over Philadelphia’s last 10 games, down 6.1 percent from his year-long field goal percentage.

This decline in Holiday’s efficiency is troubling, but isn’t a reason to sound every alarm in Philadelphia. This 76ers team has essentially quit on head coach Doug Collins and has played uninspired basketball for the better part of the last month.

Considering that Holiday has never put up the numbers that he has this season, his efficiency is something to keep an eye on. However, until the Sixers are playing like they actually care about basketball again, it’s not totally fair to assess Holiday’s performance.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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