This upcoming weekend in Houston, the Holiday namesake will be well represented. Justin Holiday of the Idaho Stampede, was selected to participate in the NBA D-League's Boost Mobile Three-Point Contest. His brother, Jrue Holiday, is slated to make appearances in both the NBA Skills Challenge on Saturday night, and Sunday's NBA All-Star game representing the Philadelphia 76ers.
Justin Holiday spoke with RidiculousUpside.com and commented about the possibility of meeting up with his brother in Houston, saying, "I'm going to watch him of course, but hopefully we get to meet up, I know he's going to be busy with all types of things, and the same with me. However, there will be a time we'll meet up for sure."
Justin Holiday has enjoyed a productive first half of the D-League season for the Idaho Stampede, averaging 12.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 38% from beyond the arc. It's not only his steady three-point shooting and occasional offensive outbursts in which he provides the Stampede with, however. His 7-1 wingspan and ability to defend at multiple positions on the court has made him ever so valuable in Idaho's lineup.
Holiday himself feels that his long range shooting is just another asset to his deep arsenal of skills, he added "My three-point shooting adds to my whole entire game. I mean, there are games where I don't shoot three's well at all, but I can still be effective in the game in other ways. It is something that I'm trying to get better at for sure though."
Holiday's competition will include other noted D-League sharpshooters Micah Downs (Maine Red Claws), Justin Dentmon (Texas Legends), and Marcus Landry (Reno Bighorns). Both Holiday and Dentmon are former University of Washington Huskies, adding a little extra motivation for Holiday to overtake Dentmon in the competition. "I want to win just because I want to win period, but having Justin in there, and thinking back on our times in college...he was a guy who put me under his wing when I got there. He used to take me to the gym and things like that, so I won't lie, it would be nice to beat him" added a smiling Holiday.
Holiday landed on the official NBA D-League Prospect List list earlier this season, and has sprinkled in some outstanding performances to go with his usual all-around solid play. His best performance this season came in a win over Erie, when Holiday stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 7 blocks. It was a clear example of the kind of impact that Holiday can have in a game. He stands to be a key component in the second half of the Stampede's season as they look to continue rebounding from their slow start.