Philadelphia 76ers Shouldn’t Retain Justin Holiday
The Philadelphia 76ers and new General Manager Sam Hinkie are going to be making major changes to the team this off-season in hopes of making them more into a playoff team than a team in the lottery of the NBA Draft, like they currently are. That’s going to take some savvy moves in free agency by Hinkie and his people in the front office.
The Sixers will obviously have to make an enormous decision regarding Andrew Bynum and if they will keep him around. Philly will also be looking to add free agents that can provide depth and important contributions for the 76ers next season and in the future. To do the latter of those two things, they will need to make sure they have ample room under the salary cap.
One player that the Sixers could potentially let go into free agency is Justin Holiday, the older brother of their star point guard Jrue Holiday. Justin Holiday was signed late in the season by Philadelphia and actually played a pretty good amount of minutes over the team’s last few games. However, he was hardly effective when he was on the floor.
In the nine appearances that Justin Holiday made for the 76ers this season he played 15.8 minutes per game and averaged just 4.7 points, 1.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. The worst part about his game is the fact that he shot just 33.3 percent from the field and just 25 percent from long distance. He rarely put up numbers and he did so inefficiently.
Though Holiday would likely just pull in the league minimum in a contract, he would still be taking up money that the Sixers could put to a better use. It’s nifty to see two brothers playing on the same team, but it’s not worth it for a team looking to be successful, especially a team like the Sixers that is somewhat in the process of rebuilding.