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Jrue Holiday Disappoints in Philadelphia 76ers Summer League Debut

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the seventeenth overall draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers,  Jrue Holiday during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Derek PeifferCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

Marreese Speights just needs to do what he did again. Speights looked a bit unstoppable at times in yesterday's summer league opener for the Philadelphia 76ers/New Jersey Nets.

Last month, the 76ers and Nets decided, to save money in what are struggling economic times, to combine their rosters and send a joint team down to the Orlando Summer League.

The big three participants for the 76ers are Dionte Christmas, Marreese Speights, and first-round pick, Jrue Holiday.

Speights looked like a man among boys in the first game, which was a loss in overtime to the Indiana Pacers.

Speights, similar to last year, was the man for the Sixers in the game, scoring 28 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.

He did look a bit insufficient, going 11-for-26 from the field, but it's July. If it becomes a trend, we'll worry.

Christmas was relatively non- existent. He hit a spot-up jumper from the corner. Two more inches back, and he would've had a three. He pulled down two rebounds, but that was all we saw of him.

On the other hand, the man who needed to prove the doubters wrong more than anyone, failed to meet those goals.

Holiday looked shaky and more than rusty at times. He definitely didn't look worthy of the 17th pick in the NBA Draft.

Holiday shot just 27 percent (3-for-11) from the field and scored only nine points.

The number that worries me the most is the staggering two assists. It's painful to see that.

While the 76ers are open at the point guard spot and are currently searching for someone to fill that hole, Holiday is showing that everyone was right. He's not ready to run an NBA offense.

If you can't do it against lower-level talent in the summer league, you won't against the likes of the big stars in Cleveland, Boston, or Los Angeles. (Not even the Clippers. Ha.)

The 76ers tip-off this evening against the Utah Jazz at 5 p.m.

 

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