Sophomore Star

The 2009 draft class had a lot of potentially great guards Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Johnny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Darren Collison and Ricky Rubio (who ran back to Spain). Jrue Holiday was just an afterthought. He was ranked as the 4th best player in the nation coming out of high school. He drew comparisons to Dwayne Wade or a young Baron Davis. Unfortunately Holiday struggled at UCLA for a variety of reasons, his position was not defined, he had an inconsistent shot and he just was not comfortable in the Bruins’ offense.

After a subpar freshman season Jrue Holiday entered the 2009 NBA Draft. He was projected to be an early 2nd round pick. Instead of being the next D Wade or Baron Davis, he was projected to be the next Rodney Stuckey or Mario Chalmers, a huge step back. Instead of people saying he is a franchise player, known scouts now questioned if he could even run an offense correctly. He became the “risky” pick the potential “bust” of the draft, because of all the unfulfilled promises at UCLA.

As a result everyone was shocked and disappointed when the 76ers chose him instead of Ty Lawson with the 17th pick of the draft. The Sixers just handed over the franchise to an unproven 19 year old point guard who did not play PG in college instead of a three year starter (Ty Lawson) who produced each time he step out on the court and won a national championship team in 2009.

So Far it has been the right move drafting Jrue Holiday over Ty Lawson. After a slow start Jrue Holiday ended his rookie campaign on a great note and has continued to improve during his sophomore year averaging 14 points, 6 assist, 3 rebounds, and just under 2 steals a game. Those numbers plus his ability to run the Sixers offense has given him an invite to the Rookie-Sophmore game , unlike Ty Lawson.


4 Responses to “Sophomore Star”

  1. Very informative site, you are really good!

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