When the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2020-21 NBA championship, Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the Finals MVP as he averaged 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, but the legendary Oscar Robertson believes Jrue Holiday was the real difference-maker for Milwaukee.
On a recent episode of the Knuckleheads podcast, the Bucks legend revealed his thoughts on how and why Holiday made Milwaukee a different team.
When they got Holiday, that made a difference for them.
You have to have good guards to win championships. I don’t care what they say. You don’t have to have the greatest scorers but you need good guards on your team.
Holiday has had a rollercoaster postseason with the Bucks as he often struggled to convert most of his shots. However, his efforts on the defensive end were always consistent.
The Bucks guard was always a pest on the opposing team’s guards as his physicality, high IQ, and hounding defense are too unbearable for them. Holiday is a special player as he is one of the coveted two-way players in the league who excels both on offense and defense.
Despite just averaging 16.7 points, 9.3 assists, and 6.2 rebounds in the NBA Finals, Holiday’s efforts often cannot be seen on the box score as he always showed solid defense against the best perimeter player of the opposing team.
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Holiday locked up Phoenix Suns superstar Devin Booker in a crucial game 3 that resulted in Booker going 3-14 from the field and just garnering 10 points. In the title-clinching game 6, the Bucks guard clamped Booker again as he finished the game with an abysmal 36.4% shooting from the field.
It’s fair to say that the Bucks’ dynamic and mentality changed when they acquired Holiday via trade last season. Indeed, Jrue Holiday was a difference-maker in Milwaukee’s first title in 50 years.