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Front Office News: Philadelphia 76ers Call Up Justin Holiday
- Updated: March 31, 2013
(Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
The Philadelphia 76ers decided to call up guard Justin Holiday, brother of Sixers guard Jrue Holiday, from the NBA D-League Idaho Stampede, source tells Yahoo! Sports.
Sixers to call up guard Justin Holiday, brother of Sixers guard Jrue Holiday, from the NBDL Idaho Stampede, source tells Y! Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) March 31, 2013
Holiday has been averaging around 17 points, five rebounds and close to three assists all season playing 34 minutes in Idaho. The former Husky from the University of Washington has been having a break out season after the All-Star break where he and his brother shared the court, he for the three-point shooting contest and Jrue for the All-Star game.
Justin will likely add another three-point shooting presence to stretch the floor and add some team chemistry as the brothers compete for the first time on the same roster in the NBA.
Holiday was known as one of the most promising guards in the D-League organization as of late. In addition to scoring 25 points or more in eight of his last fifteen games, Holiday’s stretch in the recent month had him being included in M.V.P. talks throughout this season had he played this way in the first half of the campaign.
For the month of March, the guard is averaging 22.7 points (46% from FG and 48% from 3PT), 5.6 rebounds, and he has been shining defensively with 3.3 steals per game. There hasn’t been a better player at the guard position in the entire minor league.
Holiday also adds great length to the floor. Standing 6-foot-7, 177 lbs, Holiday sports a 7-foot wingspan and an 8-foot-8.25 reach. The addition to Justin on the floor will be a much better option to guards backing up Jrue for Coach Doug Collins‘ rotation.
Even though the Stampede have been playing terribly as of late (16-31 overall record to be exact) Justin Holiday has been the shining point for the roster. Heading into last week in the D-League, Holiday led the Stampede to a 5-6 record in the month of March. It may not look like much, but to give a third of the wins a franchise has all season, in one month, is saying a lot for one player.
With a 15-man roster for the Sixers, the franchise will likely have to waive another guard to make room for Holiday. Possible candidates on the cutting board include: Jeremy Pargo, Royal Ivey, and Charles Jenkins. It’s unclear whether Holiday has been awarded a 10-day contract or try a rest-of-the-season deal that includes a team option or non-guaranteed year option that will cover the 2013-2014 regular season.
Regardless, the Holidays are likely to start a dynamic duo in the back-court for the rest of the season for Philadelphia fans to watch in shock and some sort of awe.
There’s no one happier in the city of Philadelphia than Holiday. You which one you want to be excited.
— IdahoStampede (@IdahoStampede) March 31, 2013