Jrue Holiday Is Runaway Favorite for NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2012-13

November 27th, 2012 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia 76ers' fourth-year point guard Jrue Holiday has made Philly fans all but forget the fact that Andrew Bynum (their prized offseason haul) has yet to play a single minute in the 2012-13 NBA season.

Would 76ers GM Tony DiLeo like to have Andre Iguodala back? It's possible, especially as Bynum piles up absences like pounds of meat on a true Philadelphia cheesesteak. But would DiLeo want the dynamic wing back if it meant returning Holiday to his 2011-12 form? Not a chance.

The 22-year-old Holiday has forced his way atop the famed 2009 point guard class (which includes, among others, Ty Lawson, Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings). He's elevated his play from one of the league's most exciting young players to one of the most exciting players period.

He leads the 76ers in scoring with 18.6 points per game (19th in the NBA). He also leads them in assists with 9.2 per game (third in the NBA). He leads all Philly guards with a 45.0 field-goal percentage (second on the team).

The chance to acquire Bynum was surely the driving force behind finally pulling the trigger on an Iguodala trade. But the fact that Iguodala dominated the baske ...

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