Bucks’ Jrue Holiday flusters Lakers’ LeBron James with slick handles, proceeds to hit stepback jumper
Thursday night featured a matchup between two of the top teams in the NBA today as the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers, inside Fiserv Forum. Bucks offseason recruit Jrue Holiday was feeling it early on and the former All-Star point guard decided to showcase his trademark handles against none other than LeBron James.
Here’s a look at Holiday showing no fear whatsoever against The King:
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That’s how good Holiday’s dribbling and footwork are. In this particular play, the Bucks guard made a six-time All-Defensive team member in LeBron James look like a hapless defender.
Holiday made the move to the Bucks over the offseason as part of a four-team blockbuster deal involving the New Orleans Pelicans, the Denver Nuggets, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bucks gave up quite a haul to bring Holiday to Milwaukee, which included Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, R.J. Hampton, and no less than four future first-round picks.
Holiday has been paying dividends for the Bucks so far, with the 30-year-old currently putting up averages of 15.7 points (on 48.9 percent shooting), 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and a career-best 2.0 steals per game, while also knocking down 1.7 triples on a 38.7% clip.
Holiday’s numbers have dipped a bit compared to his time with the Pelicans, which is understandable considering all the star power in Milwaukee. However, he’s played a huge role for the Bucks early on, as they enter Thursday’s matchup with the Lakers with a 9-5 record.