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Jrue Just Fits Perfectly in Milwaukee

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When word hit Milwaukee that the Bucks acquired Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans, many knew the impact he would make. Six games into the season, Holiday has shown exactly why the Bucks gave up so much for him. Averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 assists per game so far, the Bucks immediately felt Jrue’s presence.

 

Additionally, we cannot overlook Holiday’s versatility and stat-sheet stuffing, as he’s averaging 1.9 steals and 4.1 rebounds per game. A universal talent at the point may be what the Bucks need to get out of a playoff slump. It is natural to be concerned about how a team will be chemistry-wise after many new additions, but multiple blowouts including the Bucks’ massive 144-97 victory over the Heat dispels those notions. (Even if statistical variance and bad luck thwart the Bucks occasionally).

Bucks’ Court Vision Drastically Improves

Taking a glance at how Milwaukee has started off this season, you can see where improvements have been made. The team seems more spread out across the court, more players are finding lanes to cut and others finding open shots.

A big reason for that is just who Jrue is as a player. It seems that no matter where the ball is, he finds a way to be involved in any way possible. Additionally, he’s shooting 42.9% behind the arc– something Eric Bledsoe could never be relied on, which may prove to be a game changer in the postseason.

Holiday’s Off-Court Contributions

As much as we could analyze Jrue’s on-court play, it is also essential to pay close attention to what the Holiday family is bringing to the community. Jrue and his wife Lauren generously decided to pledge his remaining 2020 NBA salary to small Black-owned businesses, including several in Milwaukee. To have a family with so much heart here in the good land is another way Jrue will make a difference.

2020 was a year of unknowns and tragedy. With Bucks basketball in full swing again, watching Giannis, Khris and Jrue on game days is a bright light at the end of a dark year. Here is to 2021, hoping that Milwaukee just might see a championship banner raised in Fiserv Forum soon.

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About Melissa Colton

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, WI, but currently resides in Milwaukee. She is a veteran of the United States Army and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She has worked in both the sports and music industry. Anything from Wisconsin, sports, food, and beer is her happy place.

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