Alvin Gentry to start Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday in backcourt
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry already has plans to put his new signing, point guard Rajon Rondo, to work alongside newly re-signed Jrue Holiday, starting the two alongside each other in the backcourt, he told the Dunc and Holder podcast via Mason Grinberg.
Rondo will operate as the point guard and Holiday will go back to his UCLA roots as a shooting guard after eight seasons of playing the point.
This change will allow Rondo to flourish at his natural position while Holiday takes the bulk of the scoring from the perimeter, making it possible for him to also work as the floor general of the second unit during rotational changes.
While the Pelicans will be undersized in the backcourt, they will make up for that deficiency with their size on the frontcourt with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both a threat to block shots in the paint and around the perimeter.
Holiday is a 36.6 percent career three-point shooter, an area of dire need for New Orleans, and one that will need to improve in order for this newly-hashed lineup to work effectively, as Rondo has struggled with his jump shot throughout his career.