Milwaukee Bucks: Making Jrue Holiday’s 2023 All-Star case

Dec 9, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday
Jan 9, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Milwaukee Bucks fans certainly know that Jrue Holiday is All-Star worthy, the rest of the NBA should know that also, Jrue Holiday didn’t receive top 10 votes in the backcourt for the Eastern Conference so Jrue won’t be an All-Star based on votes. However, Jrue could be a coach’s selection to be added to the team, similar to Khris Middleton being selected last season. Holiday could also fill in for an injured player like Donovan Mitchell for example. Let’s examine Jrue Holiday’s case to be a 2023 NBA All-Star.

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

Shockingly, Jrue Holiday has only been an NBA All-Star one other time, despite several All-NBA Defensive team appearances and countless players naming him as the NBA’s best backcourt defender.

The only other All-Star appearance Jrue Holiday made was a decade ago, in his age 22 season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Comparing his age 22 season to his age 32 season using Stathead, this season’s Jrue Holiday is better in nearly every way and close in the few areas he’s not outperforming his younger self. This year Jrue is averaging more points on higher shooting across the board, field goal, 3-point and free throw percentages. Jrue’s other All-Star season varies from this year by less than 1.0 per game in rebounds, assists and steals.

Compared to his previous All-Star appearance, it would seem that Jrue Holiday is due, potentially overdue, for his second appearance.