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Alvin Gentry claims Jrue Holiday is ‘playing like he’s 24 years old’

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Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry is confident that Jrue Holiday is primed for a breakout season. Holiday is 29 years old, but Gentry says the former UCLA standout is playing like he’s 24.

Holiday was a highly-recruited prospect coming out of college. In fact, he earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors with the Bruins. However, he ultimately decided to forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2009 NBA Draft.

Though he’s no longer in the early stages of his career, as many of his Pelicans teammates are, Gentry feels that Holiday hasn’t reached his peak:

“Usually, [players] tend to peak, and are pretty consistent for the next three years,” Gentry said during a recent phone interview with The Ringer, “but I don’t think you go on an upward trend like he’s going. He’s playing like he’s 24 years old.”

Holiday will be leading one of the more exciting teams in the NBA this season, with rookie sensation Zion Williamson, Derrick Favors and Brandon Ingram serving as his running mates. Together, they’ll be looking to lead New Orleans into postseason contention.

“I really just want to win and I think we can,” Holiday said via FanSided. “I’m just doing whatever I can do to help.”