Let Me Know the Jruth: Belated Thoughts on the Holiday Contract

4 years 41 Million, quite the payday for Jrue “Smiles” Holiday. Seems like a lot of money, but over 4 years, that’s only going to be like $0.23 per smile, so definitely a bargain there.

In basketball terms this really is 41 million on spec. Jrue has achieved the uncommon feat of being not particularly good, not really improving, yet someone how remaining deeply intriguing for three full years, and 248 basketball games.

The economics of the NBA makes his salary slot, 8-12 Million per year; Not-Quite-Star Money an interesting cohort.

There simply aren’t enough true Stars to go around in the NBA, teams need to overpay to get them. So basically everyone who is a Star, or a very good player who looks like a star (in the right lighting, if you squint your eyes, and tilt your head a little bit) gets rewarded with a maximum deal.

That vacuuming effect means the Not Quite Star Money tier is filled with talented but truly flawed players, an unusually high number of atrocious contracts, and some of the best deals in the game (the gambles that paid off). Check out the list here.


For every Rajon Rondo (10.5 Mil) there’s a steaming pile of Memhut Okur, Hedo Turkoglu, and Andris Biedrins (and trust me you don’t want to step in pile of Andris Biedrins, that smell will linger).

The reality with Holiday is that he’ll never be a “true” point guard, but he seems on the cusp of being a dealy offensive player, and he has the defensive tools (if not the instincts) to a plus at either guard spot. He still frustrates at times, but there was improvement last season, subtle perhaps but undeniable.

They’ve placed thier bet on one half of the most engmatic (and inversely proportional facial expressioned) backcourt in the league. Prince of Pout, Evan Turner, will have to wait another year to see if he also in the Sixers long term plans.




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