Philadelphia 76ers: 3 Things Jrue Holiday Could Learn from Deron Williams
Jrue Holiday had a lot of expectations entering this season, and for the most part there wasn't much improvement. Although he hasn't fulfilled potential just yet, his ceiling is still very high. With the Philadelphia 76ers just defeating the New Jersey Nets, who else better to learn from than one of the NBA's best, Deron Williams?
At just the age of 21, Holiday still has a lot of potential in this league and has shown glimpses of great abilities. In the early stage of his career, he needs to start figuring out how to put it all together.
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Holiday is certainly capable of driving, and he needs to do more of it. The system could be working against his favor, but he can still get better and definitely apply the ability more down the road.
Williams has an advantage because of his size in terms of weight, but Holiday is an inch taller (6'4''), which is in his favor compared to some other small guards in the league.
With this, Holiday has a chance to establish power in the league (maybe not as much as Williams) as a point guard with a pedigree to drive the lane and penetrate.
Holiday also needs to finish in a way Williams does. There have been a few too many slips this year by Holiday when he tries to finish at the rim, and as a result easy points are lost.
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Holiday also needs to execute his shooting game from deep and mid-range. Although Holiday is statistically better in field goal percentage, Williams does take a lot more shots and fares nearly just as well.
That brings me to my next point overall: Holiday really needs to step up to the point where he is a true offensive threat.
I'm not saying he isn't a threat now, because he is. I'm saying he needs to establish himself as a consistent producer on offense scoring-wise if he wants to be a top point guard. Plus, it'd help the Sixers overall with their offensive woes.
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You could tell Holiday is getting better at taking initiative on the court, and it's definitely impressive how he shows it at such a young age.
Williams is one of the select few of point guards (and players overall, that is) where you know his presence on the floor. He's a threat at any point in the game, regardless of how he's playing at that time, and can take over a game at will.
Holiday needs to acquire this stature. This is definitely the hardest to accomplish of them all and is much easier said than done.
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Holiday has already shown ability in almost every aspect of the game. It's just a matter of bringing that ability to the next level.
He's not necessarily going to be the next Deron Williams of the NBA, but he needs to learn from the best and then become his own mold of a player.
Don't be alarmed by his decreasing stats compared to last season. The system has been working against him, especially with pass-oriented players who take away from his assists.
It may sound corny, but there's no stopping now. Even though he is good in most areas, he needs to work on getting better and rising to be a top-tier point guard the Sixers invested him to be.