Over at our (soon-to-be) TrueHoop sister site Hardwood Paroxysm–whose analysis is consistently what you’d expect from a blog with “paroxysm” in its name; i.e. smarter than you are–Kyle Soppe rolled up his sleeves and got into Jrue Holiday last week as part of their All-Star profile series.
Remember when we said the 76ers were a nice team, were a cute team, but couldn’t be taken seriously because they didn’t have a single star when the best teams had two or three? And that was before Andre Iguodala took his talents to Denver in a massive off-season trade, sapping Philadelphia of their lone all star. They came into the season knowing they had some young talent, but who was going to inherit the title of “go-to player”? Jrue Holiday had been a solid point guard, but could the former Gatorade Player of the Year really elevate his game to an All Star level after decreasing in nearly every statistical category last season?
Soppe went on to argue that Holiday has quietly, and with little in the way of help, compiled a campaign that compares favorably not just to the age 23 season of some of the best point guards playing today, but some of the game’s all-time greats. As in: Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy, Isiah Thomas, and Steve Nash. He does this convincingly, and with bar graphs.