The Golden State Warriors have a history of developing great guards.
Though Stephen Curry was a first round draft pick, he has exceeded many of the expectations pundits had for him coming into 2009 NBA draft.
Could Justin Holiday be up next? Holiday, a former D-League star has already made an impact on the summer league team. After averaging 17.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 47 games during the 2012-13 campaign with the Idaho Stampede, Holiday, the older brother of Jrue Holiday, spent last season overseas.
Despite struggling in his first Las Vegas appearance, Holiday dropped 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field in what was an offensive explosion in his second game. He also grabbed 13 rebounds and had two blocks shots in what was one of his best games as a pro.
After the game against the Suns, head coach Steve Kerr praised Holiday for his performance and made it clear that Holiday will have a role on the summer league team.
The question, though is, will Holiday make the NBA roster? And if so, can he make an impact?
If Holiday is able to consistently put up performances like his 29 point, 13 rebound game against the Suns, then it is very likely that he makes the Warriors roster. But Holiday would become the third point guard on the roster. He would be in a battle for Nemanja Nedovic for the third guard spot and would likely spend most of the season in the D-League anyway.
As a D-League alum and an international vet, Holiday would relish the opportunity to play for the Warriors, but would accept the D-League as well. Even if he does make the team, don’t expect much from Holiday at the NBA level. Maybe he makes a name for himself in Santa Cruz, though.