Philadelphia 76ers Should not be Alarmed by Jrue Holiday’s Turnovers
Without question, Jrue Holiday is an All-Star. He is sixth among all point guards in scoring (18.4) and fourth in assists (8.5). Though … he also leads the league in turnovers at 3.9 per game by a large margin.
Should Philadelphia 76ers fans be concerned?
While it is true that no team relies on one player to make plays more than the Sixers have with young Jrue, too many times we see him forcing passes and panicking at the end of the shot clock and dribbling the ball off of his foot or getting it stolen. Hopefully, we can chalk that up to Jrue just simply trying to do too much because he has zero help this year.
This season has basically been a wash for Philly. They were expected to have Andrew Bynum in the middle, and great shooters like Jason Richardson on the wing. A dominant big man surrounded by knockdown shooters is a point guard’s dream and would have put Holiday in a perfect situation. Instead, Bynum has not stepped on the court and the Sixers season has gone down the drain.
Holiday has done everything the Sixers have asked of him and more. He has taken on a leadership role and put the team on his back. He was rewarded with a four year, $41 million contract extension that kicks in next year for all his efforts. 3.9 turnovers is clearly a problem, but until we see him with a healthy Bynum or a group of competent free agents, there is no need to panic just yet.