Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Jrue Holiday is arguably the Number 1 point guard in the Eastern Conference this season.  Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports   As the entire Philadelphia 76ers fan base celebrates Jrue Holiday’s first career All-Star selection Holiday himself has the right to still feel a little disrespected. That’s right folks, Jrue Holiday is statistically, and also eye-test, worthy of being the Eastern Conference starting point guard in this February’s All-Star Game in Houston. Take a look at stat lines of two players, let’s call them Player A and Player B:   Player A: 13.7 ppg, 11.1 apg, 5.5 rpg and 18.57 PER in 37.2 mpg. Player B: 19.0 ppg, 9.0 apg, 4.2 rpg and 18.90 PER in 38.1 mpg.   Looking at these categories, both players are pretty productive, as both of their PER’s are very close to 20. While Player A has the slight advantage in assists and rebounds over Player B, Player B is significantly more productive scoring the ball. Now, let’s look at these two players’ live-ball scoring and shooting statistics.   Player A: 48.5% FG on 5.9-12.1 FGM-FGA and 24.5% 3PT on 0.3-1.3 3PM-3PA. Player B: 45.5% FG on 7.6-16.6 FGM-FGA and 36.4% 3PT on 1.1-3.1 3PM-3PA.   Looking even deeper now, we can see that Player B is even more valuable to his team in scoring than Player A is than just by 5.3 points per game. While Player A does shoot a slightly better percentage than Player B from the field, Player B is shooting at a significantly higher rate at 4.5 more field goal attempts per game. However, Player B makes up for his slightly low field goal percentage by draining three-pointers. Simple math can show he’s also shooting just under 12 percent better than Player A from beyond the arc. Now, let’s finally glance at a few, sometimes overlooked, stats.   Player A: 64.5% FT on 1.6-2.5 FTM-FTA, 1.9 steals and 3.8 turnovers Player B: 78.2% FT on 2.7-3.5 FTM-FTA, 1.4 steals and 4.0 turnovers   Player B clearly gets to the line more often, and shoots foul shots far more efficiently than Player A. Then, both players are pretty even in steals and turnovers—definitely something to keep in mind. Now, if I were to tell you that Player A was Rajon Rando and Player B was Jrue Holiday, would you be surprised? Essentially Holiday is statistically better than Rondo and when you watch their respective teams’ play calling, you can see just how much more valuable Jrue is to his team as well. And, lastly, when looking at Holiday’s widely regarded biggest weakness, turnovers, fans can calm down a bit, because Rondo also averages a relatively high turnover rate, too. So, ladies and gentleman, be happy with Jrue Holiday’s first All-Star selection, but know that your starting point guard of the Sixers is having the best season of any point guard in the Eastern Conference.   Jake Fischer is a Sixers contributor for Buzz On Broad. He also serves as the CAA Columnist for RantSports.com and writes for numerous sections of the Huffington Post. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.      
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