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Video: Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday spending summer working on his new weapon, a stepback jumper

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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday has been working on his stepback jumper this summer.

Now that superstar big man Anthony Davis is gone, Holiday is the No. 1 option in New Orleans. The combo guard knows he’s going to have to take his offensive game to another level for the Pelicans to compete for a playoff spot next season.

Holiday is putting in the necessary work this offseason:

Holiday is one of the best two-way players in the NBA. He averaged 21.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 7.7 assists last season for the Pelicans while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Holiday missed the final 15 games of the 2018-19 season due to a core muscle injury which required surgery. He has been training relentlessly this summer and figures to have an All-Star-caliber 2019-20 campaign. Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin said earlier this offseason he believes Holiday can win the MVP award next season.

New Orleans had a productive summer. Griffin acquired Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Davis trade. The Pelicans also traded for Derrick Favors, signed JJ Redick in free agency and, of course, drafted Zion Williamson with the first pick in this year’s draft.

Some believe the Pelicans can make the playoffs in 2019-20. New Orleans will go as far as Holiday can take them, and all signs point toward Jrue being ready to carry the offensive burden.