When Jrue Holiday somehow managed to go a combined 5-38 from the field in back to back games last week, his play pretty much summed up the Philadelphia 76ers season in a nutshell; a lot of potential but with terrible results. While Holiday was an All-Star this year for the 76ers, the season hasn’t been much to be proud of.
Despite some bad shooting performances here and there Holiday has put together a nice season for himself; he’s averaging 18.1 points, 8.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in spite of the team missing a key component in Andrew Bynum for the entire year after trading for him last summer.
But other than Holiday, no one else has stepped up consistently to help him. The 76ers were expected to be a playoff team this year but took a step back from their 35-31 season last year, with everything from injuries, lack of chemistry, poor shot selection and immaturity all playing a role in the lack of success.
The season may even force Doug Collins into calling it quits after the season because he can’t seem to reach the young roster anymore. The 76ers don’t rebound the basketball well, they play selfishly, and are in the bottom third in the NBA in virtually all shooting categories because of it.
The 76ers need some major retooling around Holiday before they can expect to make a return to the postseason. Holiday has a lot of great tool and the ability to be a top point guard in the NBA, but it will all be wasted if Philadelphia doesn’t surround him with true professionals in the near future.