If it wasn’t for the 8 years of the lackluster superstar, people in Philadelphia wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate what Jrue Holiday is doing in his absence. It seems like last year’s team, advancing much further than had anticipated, was being held back by Iguodala. Jrue Holiday is blossoming in to the star everyone had hoped he’d be when he was drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NBA draft out of UCLA.
Holiday’s continued growth this year has people around the NBA talking about him as an All-Star this year and for years to come.
Monday night saw the 76ers take over the game in the 2nd half, led by Holidays 21 points in the half. Combined with 18 from Evan Turner & 20 from Thaddeus Young the new big three for the 76ers’ is turning in to quite a trio.
It seems like just a year ago that people were doubting Holiday’s ability to lead a team as it’s point guard and they were doubting the pick of Turner, well because he wasn’t playing worth anything at all, let alone a #2 overall draft pick.
This year, there doesn’t seem to be any of those issues and they are thriving together. Combined with Thad Young playing remarkably well for an undersized power forward the 76ers are quite formidable and look to be more so if they continue to gel as the playoffs get closer.
Monday’s start for the 76ers wasn’t the best as they ended the half down three to the Pistons. But, a 14-0 run to start the third quarter put the 76ers up by 11. They put the Pistons away in the 4th and won the game 104-97 although some spotty free throw shooting made it a closer game that it was on the scoreboard.
As we look toward the future this season, Holiday, Turner, and Young seem to be a great trio that are constantly growing together. If they can get some steady contributions from the center position, this 76ers team might actually be able to make some noise in the playoffs.Tags: Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Thaddeus Young