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The top of the NBA's turnover list is practically a who's who of the biggest and brightest stars in basketball, and deservedly so. Perimeter players like James Harden, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Kyrie Irving are asked to do so much with the ball in their hands for their respective teams that it only figures they'd lose it more often.
The same could be said for Jrue Holiday, though, as far as star power is concerned, he seems an odd fit. Indeed, the Philadelphia 76ers didn't think Holiday fit the bill as a successful franchise cornerstone, so they shipped him to New Orleans on draft day in exchange for the rights to Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams as well as the Pelicans' 2014 first-round pick.
Sharing on-ball duties with the likes of Evans and Eric Gordon should help Holiday cut down on the 3.7 turnovers per game he tallied in 2012-13. After all, if he doesn't have possession of the ball, the responsibility for the turnover won't fall on him, at least as far as the statistics are concerned.
But Holiday will be hard-pressed to repeat as an All-Star and guide the Pelicans into playoff contention if he continues to give the ball away 17.3 percent of the time. He'll have trouble finding success in Monty Williams' pick-and-roll-heavy approach if his turnover rate in those situations hovers around 19 percent, as it did in Philly.
And what good can Jrue do for the young, running Pelicans if he's losing the ball a fifth of the time in transition, per Synergy Sports? Holiday's also spoken this summer about the need to get to the free-throw line more, but doing so will require that he dribble his way into more perilous (and turnover-inducing) circumstances.
All of which is to say, Holiday would do well to shore up his occasionally shaky handles if he's to be trusted with the ball on his new team.
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