Justin Holiday has certainly earned the right for an NBA Call-Up this season, the 6-6 guard averaged 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.4 steals in 47 games with the Idaho Stampede. Holiday spoke with RidiculousUpside.com, and told us that he will be signing a guaranteed contract for the remainder of the season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
For Holiday, his patience has finally been rewarded after playing extremely well for the Idaho Stampede all season long. Now his goal to play in the NBA will become a reality, and Holiday explained how special it is for him to play for the Sixers organization. "The reason why I stuck it out in the D-League was for a moment like this to happen. To have the opportunity to play for the Sixers and with my brother, who is my favorite guy in the world to play with, it is all very exciting." Holiday said.
Holiday spent this past summer as a member of the Sixers' Orlando Summer League team, and has developed a great relationship with the franchise. Holiday explained, "obviously I've been able to watch my brother in Philly, but I also spent part of Summer League with the team too, I know the coaches and also a lot of the young guys too, so it will be a nice fit."
Holiday played in five games for Philadelphia this past summer, and averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 24.9 minutes. He had greater success with the Sixers as opposed to his five game run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, also this summer.
Holiday went undrafted once he graduated from the University of Washington, but has since used the D-League to set him up for an opportunity in the NBA. Holiday spoke about his experience in the NBADL, "it was a great experience. I don't have any regrets at all, sometimes things just take a little longer than you expect, but they are worth the wait. This is God's plan for me, and I'm going to do my best to try and stick in the NBA."
Holiday will be bringing a very well-balanced set of skills with him to Philadelphia, his lanky and long frame creates havoc on opposing players. Holiday has a tremendous sense for the ball while he is out on the court, his lofty steals per game average is a result of his high-energy style of play. Another part of Holiday's game which should suit him well as a member of the Sixers, is his lethal long-range shooting ability. Holiday placed second in the NBA D-League All Star Game three point contest, and shot 41% from beyond the arc this season.
Holiday will likely be an asset for the Sixers organization to help develop over time, but if Holiday can play with the tenacity and skills in which he displayed in the D-League this season, the Sixers will likely keep the Holiday brothers paired together for as long as they can.