Jrue Holiday is arguably the Number 1 point guard in the Eastern Conference this season.
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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
Player B: 19.0 ppg, 9.0 apg, 4.2 rpg and 18.90 PER in 38.1
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
Player B: 45.5% FG on 7.6-16.6 FGM-FGA and 36.4% 3PT on
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
Player B: 78.2% FT on 2.7-3.5 FTM-FTA, 1.4 steals and 4.0
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.
sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.