As the NBA off-season continues, all of the big news stories and free agency signings seem to be winding down. As someone who mostly writes about the NBA here at WTP, I need to find some way to get some content out. That brings us to what absolutely nobody asked for, but you’re getting it anyways! Welcome to Ty’s Top 50 NBA Players!
Every day for the next 50 days, I am going to be counting down a list of who I believe are the top 50 players in the NBA.
At #48, we have New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday has been in the league since 2009 after being selected by the 76ers with the seventeenth overall pick. Since then, Holiday has averaged 14.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 6.2 APG over his career. Last season, Holiday averaged career highs with 19.0 PPG and 4.5 RPG, while dishing out 6.0 APG.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Holiday’s game is his on-ball defense. I hope you’re sitting down when I say this, but there are a lot of very good guards in the league. Every night, Holiday has to go up against the best guards on the planet, and every night, he hangs with them. That helped him make the 2017-18 All-Defense team for the first time in his career. Holiday also made his only All Star team in 2012-13 during his final season in Philly.
Holiday has had a solid NBA career all while dealing with serious family issues off the court. In September 2016, Holiday decided it was best to take an indefinite leave from basketball because his wife (Lauren Cheney, former U.S. women’s national soccer team midfielder) was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Not only that, but Cheney also gave birth to her and Holiday’s first child, a daughter named Jrue Tyler (J.T.) Holiday. Just a week after giving birth, Cheney had successful brain surgery and is still doing well today.
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Holiday returned to basketball this year and stood out as one of the better players in the playoffs. The Pelicans entered as a 6 seed and swept the 3 seed Portland Trailblazers. They even beat the 2 seeded Warriors once in their five game series. Over the playoffs, Holiday averaged 23.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 6.3 RPG in nine games.
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50. Terry Rozier
49. Andre Drummond