The NBA is most exciting when young stars are budding across the league. The talent pool is ridiculous in the Association. Some players are just waiting to sprout into the player they have the potential to be. It is best to take this subject by division since I want to pick a breakout player for every team. The Central Division holds the Bulls, Pacers, Bucks, Cavaliers, and Pistons. This division has been riddled with paradigm shifts since Jordan entered the league in the 80s. With each team looking to regain control of the division over the leading Bucks. They will each need all the help they can get. The key to that is finding great talent from within.
Aaron Holiday has two older brothers in the NBA today, Justin and Jrue.(Photo By: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Aaron Holiday is in an interesting predicament. He is entering his third year in the league and will be dealing with a reduced role next season. Typically players that play as well as he does with the progression he's shown have increases minutes, not reduced. Last year the Pacers had to play him an increased amount due to the injuries to Victor Oladipo and Lamb. He was even a starter in half of their games. By all accounts, he played well in those starts shooting good percentages from the field and three. He also showed good passing ability even with limited touches.
His size is a bit of a problem being only six feet tall and 185 pounds. But, I have watched enough of his game to fall in love with it. He plays tough for his size and has a good three-ball on him. Playing with the bench this year may reduce his role but increase his importance when he is in the game. Holiday should be running the offense as a sixth or seventh man, which will allow his skill set to shine. I believe the Pacers got something here in Aaron Holiday, and his new role as the spark off the bench along with his brother Justin will allow him to flourish into a great NBA player.
Author: Daniel O'Donovan