With the NBA All-Star game coming up this weekend a friend of mine asked me an interesting question. “With Rondo & Rose both out due to injury and Deron Williams “slumping” (by his own max-contract standards) who is the best PG in the East right now?” Well let’s take a look at the two young players most deserving of this kind of recognition: Jrue Holiday & Kyrie Irving.
Kyrie Irving PG – CLE 2012 – 2013 : GP: 40 MPG: 35.4 FG%: .474 FT%: .850 3PM: 2.0 REB:3.7 AST: 5.5 STL: 1.7 BLK: 0.4 TO: 3.3 PTS: 24.0
In his sophomore season Kyrie Irving has become the unquestioned leader of his franchise and appears to be taking that next step forward in the discussion of best players in the NBA. With a young nucleus of players and veterans who don’t contribute much offensively, besides the oft-injured Anderson Varejao, Irving often finds himself as the engine to his team’s scoring effort. Whether or not he is doing the scoring or dishing the rock appears to be the only question to ponder on a nightly basis with Irving. He currently sits at #3 on ESPN’s Eastern Conference player rankings and in his short time in the league has become known as one of it’s best closers garnering himself All-Star status in just about 100 games played in the NBA. Haven’t witnessed the rise of “Mr. 4th Quarter?” well check up on him:
Jrue Holiday PG – PHI 2012 – 2013 : GP: 45 MPG: 38.5 FG%: .456 FT%: .776 3PM: 1.0 REB: 4.2 AST: 8.8 STL: 1.5 BLK: 0.4 TO: 4.0 PTS: 19.3
In his fourth season Jrue Holiday has risen from solid starter to the centerpiece of the Philadelphia organization. After losing Andre Igoudala the 76ers expected the newly acquired Andrew Bynum to help carry the load for this season. Now sitting here months removed from the trade and Bynum still absent the team has relied almost solely on the efforts of Holiday to keep them afloat. He has stepped up to the plate delivering career highs in PTS, MINS, FG%, BLK, REB, and even doubling his previous season averages for AST. This season the young California native has risen to the rank of All-Star, #5 on the ESPN Eastern Conference player rankings, and is in my humble opinion currently the best PG in the Eastern Conference.
Who do you think is better? Let me know in the comments section below.