Jrue Holiday 2018 Defensive Highlights

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Published: April 11, 2018

Jrue deserves to be First Team All Defense this year.

  • The Pelicans are a whopping 9.2 points per 100 possessions better with Jrue on the court – this surpasses DPOY candidates like Joel Embiid and Rudy Gobert
  • Jrue leads the league in blocked shots for a guard 6’4″ and under
  • How good has Jrue been at the point of attack? When Jrue sits, Pels opponents attack the rim on 38.1% of their possessions, 2nd worst in the league. When Jrue plays, opponents only attack the rim on 32.7% of their possessions. The 5.4% difference puts him in the 96th percentile.For reference, Rudy Gobert is in the 97th percentile, as Jazz opponents attack the rim a full 6% less with him on the court. Who says guard defense isn’t important?
    Holiday is having the effect of an elite rim protector in deterring drives to the rim.

This highlight reel is the rest of my case. Enjoy.

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