Projected Stats: 16.2 PPG, 5.9 Assists, 3.1 Rebounds and 43 Percent Shooting
The Philadelphia 76ers will be a very different team this season, primarily due to the trade that sent longtime star Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets and brought Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia.
The 76ers let their 2012 leading scorer Lou Williams walk in free agency and amnestied their best interior defender when they cut ties with Elton Brand.
The turmoil of the offseason has forced Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner into leadership positions as they enter their fourth and third years in the NBA respectively.
In his first three seasons with the 76ers, Holiday has proven to be a good defender and athlete. At 6'4", Holiday has the size to be a physically dominating force. When you factor in his quickness and versatility, Holiday should finish among the league's top 12 fantasy point guards this season.
With the arrival of Bynum, Holiday will pick up easy assists as his new center will be able to dominate the majority of the big men in the Eastern Conference. Also, Bynum's presence will create open looks for Holiday, who shot a respectable 38 percent from behind the arc a season ago.
Both the 76ers and Holiday will be at their best when they get the ball to the rim.
Entering the lockout-shortened season, many expected Holiday to take the next step in his development. That turned out not to be the case, as Holiday's level of play was on par with his 2011 production.
The lockout and shortened training camp could be blamed for Holiday's struggles, and I see him doing very well after having a full-length training camp.
Holiday will have a bigger role in the offense this season and will help teams that need a boost in scoring, assists and efficiency from the field and free throw line.