Reason #2: Defensive Versatility
3 & D players are a hot commodity in today’s NBA. This means the market will most likely be robust for Justin Holiday. Teams who believe they’ll be in contention for a playoff spot next year will be looking to add someone with his versatility. Yes, Holiday can make shots from beyond the arc, but his ability to guard positions 1-4 is what makes him truly unique. Standing at 6’6″ with a 7’0″ wingspan, Holiday has the length to challenge shots and make things difficult for opponents. He posted a defense rating of 107.5 last season, which is outstanding!
Holiday helped the Pacers finish the season with the seventh-best defensive rating at 107.5. He knows how to make winning plays throughout the game. He often uses his length to clog passing lanes and his nose for the ball is apparent. Holiday averaged 1.2 steals per game last year, and 1.7 steals per 36 minutes. His lanky frame and quick hands are perfect for jumping in front of passes and swiping the ball away in man-to-man defense. The Wizards didn’t play much defense last season, especially along the perimeter, so bringing Holiday into the fold would benefit them tremendously!