Jul 2, 2014, 12:30 PM EST
When last we saw Jrue Holiday he was getting surgery on his tibia last February.
The Pelicans have a lot of potential next season — Anthony Davis is developing into an elite player before our eyes, they added Omer Asik next to him creating a defensive wall, they could have a healthy Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans — but they need Holiday back to tie it all together.
In an interview on the Pelican’s Web site Holiday says he expects to be cleared and be back on the court working out in August, which means he will be ready to go for training camp and the regular season.
Holiday said he hasn’t done any work on the court since the surgery for a stress fracture in his shin, with the focus on rebuilding muscle around it. Which makes sense.
Holiday’s numbers dipped some last season (14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game) but don’t mistake that for his game dipping — in Philly Holiday had to carry the scoring, with the Pelicans had a variety of weapons to set up. It worked, he became more efficient with a PER of 17.4 and increases in true shooting percentage and assist percentage. If he can continue that growth next season all the Pelican weapons will be challenging to stop.
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