08/25/12 9:41 am EST
Jrue Holiday needs to take his game to the next level this season and the addition of Andrew Bynum should act as a supercharger to Holiday’s progression. The main factors in becoming an elite guard for Holiday are an increase in 3pt attempts and attacking the basket. The offense should be set much differently then the past few seasons because there are only two ball handlers on the team compared to four last year. This means that Holiday will be the primary initiator of the offense for the first time in his career. Defensively, Holiday has all the tools to become a top tier NBA defender for years to come.
The 3pt shooting is the quick and easy part. Attacking the basket is going to prove a more difficult task, but the addition of Bynum certainly helps. To get an understanding of how lacking in these two categories Holiday has been, here are numbers from the past 2 seasons. Holiday was 8th in total minutes played, 102nd in free throw attempts (tied with Gordon Hayward), and 73rd in made 3pt shots while shooting a very good 37%. On defense, another year of growth and learning is all that Holiday really needs to continue his development on that end of the court.