Ranking the Top 10 Point Guards in the NBA

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10. Jrue Holiday

Feb 20, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the 76ers 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jrue Holiday is a very interesting player to start off this list.  His game has been dissected ever since he was a top high school prospect that committed to UCLA.  It was easy to see what made him the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year when you looked at his raw skills on tape, but scouts didn’t know what to make of his decidedly average college stats when he entered the NBA Draft after his freshmen season.

Still, that potential was enough for the Philadelphia 76ers to draft him 17th overall in 2009, and after enduring some struggles early in his career Holiday is proving to be the most valuable player on Philly’s roster.  His career-best numbers this season were rewarded with a trip to Houston for his first All-Star appearance.

Holiday’s improvement may be the saving grace in Philadelphia’s lost season as their offseason trade for Andrew Bynum looks worse every day.  Holiday’s jump in production really started last year in the playoffs, but most attributed the Sixers success to Derek Rose’s absence in the first round rather than anything Philadelphia was doing on the floor.

It seems as if he’s really just scratching the surface of his talents, and if the 76ers ever get another All-Star-caliber player on the floor with Holiday, they’re going to be back in the playoffs making some noise.

Holiday’s future is very, very bright, and let’s hope it works out for the best for him in Philadelphia.