Aaron Holiday

Aaron Holiday Player Profile

Strengths

  • Can hit every three on the court: Pull-ups and off the catch, uses screens well
  • 42% from deep on six treys a game
  • Wiley Finisher: L/R hand in the paint, gets into the chest of bigs to compensate for his lack of height and burst
  • Draws Fouls: FTs per game almost doubles from 3.1 to 5.8
  • Transition: Vision truly excels in the open court (see gif)
  • PnR: Ran point for UCLA, patient and can make defenders pay if they go under
  • Has NBA Eyes: Pocket/Skip/Lob/Slip passes
  • Competes on defense despite small stature

Concerns

  • Measurables: Barely 6 feet with average burst, won’t play above the rim
  • Does he have the speed to hang with starting guards?
  • Does he have the strength to not get taken to the post by bigger guards?
  • Projects as superb backup, can he be more?

Pro Comp

  • Shabazz Napier
  • Trey Burke
  • Shane Larkin

Tier and Picks

  • Tier 4/5
  • Picks 20-30

Physical

  • 6’1” 
  • 189lbs 
  • 6’7 1/2” Wingspan

Outlook

Just what the League needs, another Holiday.

Just kidding. Give me some Aaron Holiday off the bench any day of the week. Will he reach the level of his brother Jrue. Not likely. Yet, Aaron is a gritty competitor with a knack for clutch shots. He looks like a coach’s dream for the backup guard spot. Holiday can hit threes in every way possible, both on and off the ball. His patience in the PnR game will be helpful in second lineups, as he determines the pace of the game and gets quality looks. When playing against backups, look for him to run an efficient half court and then gun it during fastbreaks. Why won’t he be a full-time starter? Holiday may not have the quickness to defend starting guards. His IQ alone; however, will keep him in this league for a while and see him fill in for injured starters. Don’t be surprised if teams who are looking for insurance guards, such as San Antonio, Detroit and Milwaukee, move to the late first to grab him.

GIFS YOU MUST SEE!

1. Transition, this lob is harder than it looks

2. Off-ball ability may sneak him into super small lineups

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