Why Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum Need One Another to Mature into True Stars

September 21st, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
When it comes to achieving NBA stardom, individual brilliance is a necessary ingredient but not a sufficient one in and of itself. More often than not, winning is just the burst of wind that a given player needs beneath his wings to make the leap from good to great.

Jrue Holiday's led the Philadelphia 76ers to a playoff series victory (and nearly two), though his success might just as easily be explained away as the result of Derrick Rose suffering an untimely ACL tear. So, too, could Holiday's efforts be discredited as less important than those contributed by Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams.

Andrew Bynum won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers but achieved those while serving as more of a role player (albeit a gifted one) next to Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom rather than as a singular force. Bynum finally managed to stay healthy last season and wound up in the All-Star Game as a result, though his team was once again bounced in the second round and nearly earlier.

But Iguodala and Williams are no longer in Philly, and Bynum is no longer in L.A. Circumstances have changed for Jrue and 'Drew, it would seem, potentially for ...

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