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Aaron Holiday NBA Draft Breakdown

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Complied by Leif Thulin and Garrett Furubayashi from a collection of draft sites across the internet.

Aaron Holiday
Age: 21
Position: PG
College: UCLA
Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 5’11.75”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’0.75”
Weight: 187 lbs
Wingspan: 6’7.5”
Standing Reach: 8’1”
Max Vertical: 33”

College Statistics (2017/2018)
MPG: 37.7
PPG: 20.3
RPG: 3.7
ASTPG: 5.8
STLPG: 1.3
FT%: 82.8%
2-PT FG%: 48.6%
3-PT FG%: 42.9%

Best-Case Scenario:
3 Things to Know
Very aggressive guard with NBA range and electric scoring ability.
Has 2 brothers in the NBA, and understands the business of it.
A very clever player who compensates for his lack of size or explosiveness with great shooting ability and prowess around the rim.

Strengths (Via The Ringer)
Dynamic shooter who can splash 3s from NBA range off the catch, the dribble, and screens.
Slippery interior finisher who has a soft touch on layups with either hand and floaters to score against length.
Intelligently navigates pick-and-rolls to create playmaking angles; can make defenders going under screens pay with his pull-up 3.
Unselfish passer with good vision off the dribble; he would’ve posted better assist numbers had he been surrounded by better shooters.
Plays hard defensively; he creates deflections, hustles through screens, and knows when to help.

Weaknesses: (Via The Ringer)
Lacks burst and has an average first step with the ball in his hands, which hinders his scoring upside.
Struggles against defensive pressure in college are concerning when projecting him against NBA athleticism.
Must put more velocity on his passes to avoid deflections and interceptions.
His unremarkable measurables will limit him defending elite point guards.

Summary:
Aaron Holiday projects as a change of pace guard with shot making ability and a great motor. Holiday’s prospect may be limited by measurables but his exceptional scoring demonstrated at UCLA should carry over and his main worries for GM’s will be his ability to defend the larger guards of the NBA like Westbrook, Harden, and John Wall. His intellect, experience, and guile should allow for instant offensive success due to his ability to navigate screens and play to his strengths, (shooting the 3 especially). Aaron consistently makes the right plays, finding the open shooters, facilitating unselfishly while maintaining a high volume scoring load. This role is unlikely to translate to the NBA, but will is his unselfishness and willingness to play the desired role of a coach, wanting the best for the team. In conclusion, if he possessed his brother Jrue’s height, and carried over his scoring skills, he’d be among the most coveted players in the draft, and as is his offensive acumen bolsters his stock compensating for his lack of size and elite speed so much so, he projects to be a mid-first round pick, serving as an offensive minded reserve guard capable of conducting an offensive instantly as a catalyst.

Locke’s take: Holiday is small, but has a reach that should allow him to overcome the lack of height. The late development puts him in the category of 21 year olds having success against 18 year olds which is often a leads to an over reach in the draft. However, Lonzo Ball took those minutes last year. His pedigree is giving him a lot of credence. He is a good catch and shoot player, but had less success off the bounce which is a bit worrisome with his lack of height. He understands the game and uses the clock well. He makes the extra pass and helps his teammates get better.

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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