2) With Paul on the court, Jrue Holiday can shine as a scorer and defender
Even after 18 seasons under his belt, Chris Paul is still plenty capable of being a primary facilitator on a strong offense.
The guard has led the league in assists three times over his career, and even did so as recently as the 2021-22 season, averaging 10.8 assists a game with Phoenix.
And while Holiday has been a respectable playmaker for the Bucks, his offensive prowess goes well beyond being an assist man.
Holiday has averaged above six assists in all but two seasons in his career, both of which came in the early stages of his career. Yet, even as his assist totals his piled up, Holiday has grown as a scorer.
As an All-NBA defender, Holiday would thrive with a lessened playmaking responsibility. When Holiday shot a career-best 41.1 percent from the 3-point line in the 2021-22 season, he had playmaking help from veteran George Hill, who played over 23 minutes a night.
If Chris Paul can ease himself into the primary facilitating role, Holiday will surely prove more capable as an outside scorer. Holiday may also find extra energy on the defensive end, which is crucial considering he guards the opposing team’s best guard or wing night to night.
Holiday will still have his moments as a distributor; he’s too smart of a player not to make the right pass. However, Paul’s greatness as a true point guard would surely unlock another level to Holiday’s scoring and defensive energy.