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Pacers’ Aaron Holiday reflects on what he learned during his rookie season with Indiana

Aaron Holiday, Pacers

Aaron Holiday of the Indiana Pacers looked back on his rookie season, particularly on what he has learned playing at the highest level of basketball.

Holiday, the 23rd overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, played a total of 50 regular season games for the Pacers. In 12.9 minutes per game, he averaged 5.9 points per game, 1.7 assists, and 1.3 rebounds.

In his exit interview, Holiday shared what he learned in his first year as a professional. Speaking on how he matured from draft day to today, Holiday believes that he has grown into a better basketball player:

“Just playing, just getting more comfortable with the NBA level. I felt like towards the end of the season I was more calm. Just really trying to read the game a little bit better.”

As a rookie, Holiday didn’t know when his number was going to be called by the coach. Given this reality, the 22-year-old just had to be ready. He also had a chance to log in some minutes in the playoffs. Though it wasn’t significant minutes, Holiday already saw how different a playoff game is from a regular season duel.

Peep the full interview below posted by the Indiana Pacers on Twitter.

Indeed, the future looks bright for Holiday — the younger brother of Jrue (New Orleans Pelicans) and Justin (Memphis Grizzlies). His rookie campaign was a promising one.

Now, it’s time for the offseason where he can work on getting better.