06/29/09 12:12 pm EST
So we took the weekend to mull over Ed Stefanski’s selection of UCLA’s Jrue Holiday with the #17 pick in the last Thursday’s NBA Draft and we’re still NOT “in love” with the decision. Don’t get us wrong, we understand why the Sixers took Holiday, but that doesn’t mean we have to love it.
However after reading a host of recaps and reviews of the NBA Draft over the weekend, a majority of which gave the Sixers glowing reviews for their work on Draft Night, we’re starting to come around and realize that maybe Holiday was the best decision for the Sixers at No. 17. After all the Sixers are not one draft prospect away from the Eastern Conference Finals, especially with the moves made by Orlando, Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington. So maybe drafting for the future was the right move, but we reserve the right to change our minds.
Here’s what the “experts” are saying about the Sixers grabbing Holiday…
- Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie / Yahoo.com wrote,
“I mocked the pick initially, but Holiday is a lottery talent that the 76ers selected at 17. That’s a good night out. Score: 9 (out of 10)”
Chris Mannix of SI.com has the Sixers as “an outright winner” from Thursday night’s NBA Draft and said…
“Several NBA executives believed Jrue Holiday would be a top 10 pick, so you can imagine how surprised the point-guard-starved 76ers were when he slipped to No. 17. Holiday is a project: He is inexperienced as a point guard and isn’t much of a perimeter threat. But he has sneaky quickness and Chris Paul-like ability to probe the paint. Holiday won’t play much right away, but the Sixers won’t need him to if they re-sign free agent Andre Miller, a big point guard himself who could tutor Holiday for a few years before eventually giving way to him. It’s a high-value pick.”
Chad Ford of ESPN.com gave the Sixers an “A” and said…
“I really like what the 76ers did, taking an opportunity to nab a lottery talent who was falling because of injury concerns. Holidayis in a long line of players who slipped when team doctors got nervous, with Danny Granger as a prime example. The Sixers could have gone with a more proven guard like Ty Lawson or Eric Maynor, but Holiday has more upside and could turn into a terrific pick for them.”
Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com wrote..
“The 76ers got their replacement for Andre Miller at the point with Jrue Holiday — and they got the former UCLA guard, who never got the chance to run the team after Darren Collison came back, at No. 17 overall. Don’t be shocked if Holiday turns out to be one of the top point guards from this draft.
Eric Snow of NBA.com / NBA TV said on air…
“They got the right guy if you look at coach Jordan for his system. That Princeton offense they have a two guard front and they got a guy who can play with Louis Williams a smaller scoring guard. He gives them flexability…”
Shawn Siegel of collegehoopsnet.com gave the Sixers a grad of C- and wrote the following.
“Last year I was seriously down on Russell Westbrook, so I’m reluctant to dog Jrue Holiday that much. Still, I don’t buy him as anything more than a potential reserve. And because of that, I’d rather have gone the safer route with either Ty Lawson or Eric Maynor.”
From the Twitter front some notes of the Sixers picking Holiday…
Iguoadala posted that “Jrue will be a beast”
Kevin Love of the T-Wolves posted this comment “there ya go J’rue…gotta love my Bruins”
While Seth Greenberg, head coach of Virginia Tech, feels differently and posted this comment…
“[Jrue] Holiday and [B.J.] Mullins (sic) were not productive players for their respective teams why would they be any different at the next level?”