Making Jrue Holiday’s 2023 All-Star case

Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday

January 9, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks fans definitely know that Jrue Holiday deserves an All-Star, and the rest of the NBA should know that, too, Jrue Holiday didn’t get top 10 votes in the Eastern Conference backcourt, so Jrue wouldn’t be an All-Star based on votes. However, Jrue could be a coach’s choice to be added to the squad, similar to Khris Middleton’s pick last season. Recess can also be filled by an injured player like Donovan Mitchell for example. Let’s examine Jrue Holiday’s case to be the 2023 NBA All-Star.

Where does Jrue Holiday stand compared to this other All-Star season?

Shockingly, Jrue Holiday was nothing but an NBA All-Star again, despite multiple All-NBA Defensive Team appearances and countless players naming him the best defender in the NBA.

Jrue Holiday’s only other major league appearance was a decade ago, in a 22-year-old season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Comparing his 22-year-old season to that of a 32-year-old with Stathead, this season Jrue Holiday is better in almost every way and comes close in the few areas where he doesn’t outperform his younger self. This year, Jrue has averaged more points on higher shooting across the board, a field goal, 3-point percentage and free throws. Jrue’s other All-Star season differs from this year by less than 1.0 per game in rebounds, assists, and steals.

Compared to his previous All-Star appearance, Jrue Holiday appears ripe, potentially overdue, for his second appearance.