In his fourth season, Jrue Holiday has been turning heads in the NBA excelling at the point guard position for the 76ers. Recently, Holiday received praise from the one of the all-time greats at his position. After Holiday's 76ers snuck out of Staples Center with a noteworthy victory Tuesday night, Lakers guard Steve Nash complemented Holiday's impact on his team. Nash went so far as to label Holiday as an All-Star this year.
Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.9 points 8.9 assists, and 4.4 rebounds, validating Nash's assessment. In the NBA D-League, another member of the Holiday family has also been turning heads with impressive play.
Jrue's brother Justin, has put together a string of strong outings recently in the NBA D-League for the Idaho Stampede. Holiday has averaged 39 minutes in his last four games and averaged 19.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 2.0 assists during that stretch. As the NBA D-League Showcase kicks off this upcoming Monday in Reno, Nevada, Holiday is perhaps peaking at just the right time.
Justin Holiday spent time as a member of the 76ers in Summer League when his brother Jrue was playing with the U.S. Select team, whom helped the U.S. National team prepare for the Olympic games. Justin had a solid showing in Orlando, and signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers afterwards. The Cavs waived Holiday allowing the Portland Trail Blazers to pick him up. In the end, Holiday failed to make the Blazers roster out of training camp and was designated to their D-League affiliate the Idaho Stampede.
Change of scenery is something Justin Holiday has become accustomed to, as last season he spent the year playing in Belgium after finishing up his senior season at the University of Washington. Now the lanky, 6-foot-6, 180-pound forward is trying to piece together a successful run with the Stampede in order to land a spot in the NBA alongside his brother.
Like some sets of brothers, the two couldn't be any more different from each other. However, Jrue and Justin's differences translate to the basketball court as well. Jrue is a punishing 6-foot-4 point guard, who tips the scales at 205 pounds. Justin is slender, and has a pleasantly awkward frame that allows him to score from anywhere on the floor. Justin is also a solid rebounder, and could fill a role for an NBA team as a utility player in a second unit.
Justin isn't the only brother grinding away in the NBA Development league. Holiday also joins the likes of Taylor Griffin (Santa Cruz Warriors), Elijah Millsap (Los Angeles D-Fenders), and Marcus Landry (Reno Bighorns) as brothers who have notable siblings in the Association.
Holiday can remind scouts and NBA executives that he too can ball with the best of them in the Association, by building upon his increased level of production as of late and timing it with a solid showing at the NBA D-League Showcase.