Racking up points has led defensive stalwart and former Husky Justin Holiday to the NBA.
Holiday will sign a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, joining his brother, Jrue, after filling it up in the NBA Development League for the Idaho Stampede. Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the call-up.
Holiday had been waiting. He had scored double-figures in 19 consecutive games for the Stampede, in addition to his usual solid rebounding and stifling defense.
During that run, he scored more than 30 points five times, including a season-high 38 on 14-for-21 shooting March 7. He was averaging 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.4 steals per game and 1.1 blocks.
When we caught up with him a couple weeks back, Holiday was wondering what it would take to get a call-up.
“Personally, I think I have done everything I possibly can to show that I should be there,” Holiday said. “It’s just up to GMs and what they want.”
It’s not coincidence he will be joining the 76ers. Justin said his brother Jrue was getting as impatient as him and lobbying on his behalf.
“Especially since I’ve been playing well, he thinks I should get one,” Holiday said. “He’s just as upset or irritated with the situation as I am.”
A move, even if brief, will be a nice change for Holiday. Robin Leach isn’t running around detailing the lives of D-League players.
Idaho had one road trip through Ohio, that continued in Indiana and Iowa before finishing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After flying to Ohio, the rest of the travel was done by bus. It was part of an eight-game road swing.
When the team did fly, it was often on Southwest, which has no seat assignments. So, the players would rush onto flights to acquire exit row seats like us other hapless minions.
Holiday had played on Summer League teams and was in Cleveland Cavaliers camp before this season, but wasn’t able to stick. The 76ers are 30-43 and very unlikely to make the playoffs, which should give Holiday the chance he’s been waiting for: his first NBA minutes.
“I’ve been blessed to score the points I’ve been scoring,” Holiday said. “I haven’t really changed anything. Just that things are working out for me right now.”