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Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday
Position: G
Born: 06/12/90
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $25,686,667
Jrue Holiday said that Anthony Davis’ selfless nature endears him to his teammates and it’s helped establish a winning culture around the locker room. “That’s the unselfishness that our team really feeds off of and that’s what makes him a leader,” Holiday said. “He can force as many shots as he wants to, but (he’s) getting us good shots. … I feel like he knows when he needs to take (shots), but being the facilitator, recognizing that and getting us good shots is why he’s our leader.”
Jrue Holiday will never get the same accolades that Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins receive, but he’s almost played just as big a role in the New Orleans Pelicans’ overall success this season. He registered team-highs in points (27) and assists (eight) in the win and the Pelicans (24-21) picked up their fifth victory in the last seven games. “I really just take the opportunity that’s given,” Holiday said. “From there, make some floaters, make some jump shots — it’s just so easy when they key in on two people. It’s pretty much just leaving me with one person.”
Jrue Holiday has the strength and ball-handling skills to get into the paint in almost any 1-on-1 matchup, and his improved confidence in his perimeter jumper has made him nearly impossible to defend. “It opens up a lot of opportunities. Either they’re packing the paint or they won’t leave me or (Davis) at all,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “It’s giving, not only Jrue, but other guys opportunities to make plays and it’s creating space and opportunities for other guys.”
Jrue Holiday is currently averaging career-high numbers in points per game (18.6) and field-goal percentage (49.7), and he’s given New Orleans a legitimate third scoring option that few teams are capable of matching. “He’s been incredible,” DeMarcus Cousins said. “He took a lot of heat in the beginning of the year and he just stuck with it. He remained solid throughout it all. He worked his tail off and now he’s playing some of the best basketball of his life. You’ve got to appreciate guys like that. We knew, eventually, it would come around; he’s found his stride and he’s been incredible.”