Thursday February 18th (the NBA trade deadline) – just under the wire, the Hawks pulled off a three-team deal, that sent veteran Kirk Heinrich to Atlanta, Shelvin Mack to Utah, and Justin Holiday and a future second-round pick (from Utah via Denver) to the Bulls. For Chicago, the move was purely a cost saving measure. For Holiday it was a fresh start, one that the 26-year-old NBA Champion is taking full advantage of.
In just 9 games, Holiday has put up career best numbers in minutes (18.7 pg), three-point shooting percentage (43.8%), and points per contest (5.2) including a season high 14 against Miami. More impressive than the numbers has been his defense which first year Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has immediately taken a liking to; so much so he has started the newly acquired shooting guard the last two games.
Holding NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade to a 2-point 4th quarter in Miami earlier this month and just 3-15 shooting Friday night in Chicago, the former D-League & Pac-12 All-Defensive player has certainly made his presence known. Finding his rhythm on the offensive end with a soft-touch from the outside, it appears Chicago has gotten much more than they bargained for in the deadline move.
After the Bulls win and Detroit’s loss Monday night, Chicago now holds the 8th and final playoff spot in the East. Despite a slew of injuries, with continued strong play from guys like Holiday, E’twuan Moore, and Doug McDermott off the bench, Bulls fans may finally have something to look forward to again. Back in action Wednesday night in Washington, stay tuned for more from Justin as he continues to flourish in his new home.
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By Sam Smith | 2.23.2016 | 10:10 a.m.
The Bulls appropriately celebrated a shooting guard Sunday in the United Center with the tributes to Kobe Bryant amidst the Bulls 126-115 victory.
But as one shooting guard departed, quietly, another shooting guard arrived in the United Center. Justin Holiday isn’t likely to ever receive a video tribute and standing ovation like Bryant. But Holiday may be able to help the Bulls avoid an early vacation, a premature holiday of their own, if you will.
“First of all, my effort is going to be there,” said the 6-6 shooting guard who arrived somewhat unknown and overlooked in the Kirk Hinrich trade to Atlanta. “I’m going to play hard and defensively use my length. I can stay in front of guys and also help (on defense) pretty well. That obviously comes with time on the floor and getting comfortable and offensively knocking down the open shot, playing smart.
“To tell you the truth, whatever team I go to I feel is a good opportunity for me,” said the 26-year-old journeyman. “Obviously, with guys being hurt (here) I feel I’m someone who can come in and help. Because what is going to be there every night is my effort regardless of how well I am playing or not. That’s where it starts. You have to have the effort. And fight to help the team. I’m going to have that and feel I can help.”
And why not take a look?
Because Holiday, at least at first glance, looks like he might be able to contribute . . . Click To Continue