I was gonna go on an introductory rant here but it was a long drive back to Vegas after a frustrating game and I think I'd rather let some numbers do the talking for me. So without further ado I'd like to play a quick game with all the Jrue Holiday haters that apparently reared their ugly heads during the BN game thread last night. This game is called "Guess The Freshman Guard" in which I will give you five stat lines representing the statistical performances of recent Bruin guards (Farmar, Afflalo, Westbrook, Collison and Holiday) during their freshman campaigns and you have to guess which player matches which stat line. Oh yeah, and just to be fair, I averaged all the numbers out per 40 minutes of play. Here we go with five stat lines:
A. 13.0 points 5.6 rebounds 2.2 stleals 0.84 blocks 47.5 FG% 1.74 assists/t.o.
B. 11.1 points 3.8 rebounds 1.9 steals 0.18 blocks 40.2 FG% 1.14 assists/t.o.
C. 15.0 points 3.5 rebounds 1.7 steals 0.12 blocks 45.7 FG% 0.96 assists/t.o.
D. 15.1 points 4.1 rebounds 1.6 steals 0.12 blocks 41.1 FG% 1.29 assists/t.o.
C. 13.9 points 4.3 rebounds 0.8 steals 0.31 blocks 44.2 FG% 1.02 assists/t.o.
So, at this point you might be thinking the following: "Wow, player A is pretty studly, I think it's the super-athletic recent NBA Rookie of the Month Russell Westbrook because he has the best rebounding numbers"
Or maybe you're thinking, "player A is probably lock-down defender and prototypical Ben Ball Warrior Arron Afflalo because he averaged 2.2 steals per 40 minutes"
Or maybe you're thinking, "player A must be All-American Darren Collison with that sick assist-to-turnover ratio"
Or maybe you're thinking, "player A is probably that dribble-driving wizard, Laker point man Jordan Farmar with that field goal percentage."
Or, if you're one of the goons that signed on last night to hurl invective at Jrue Holiday, you're probably thinking "durr, I don't like that there player A 'cause he don't score so many baskets as them there other fellers" because after 5+ years of Ben Ball you still wouldn't know a talented basketball player if he windmill dunked on your head.
Oh yeah, in case you don't get it, player A, the one with the most rebounds and steals per 40 minutes, best field goal percentage and far and away best assist-to-turnover ration is Jrue Holiday. B = DC, C = RW, D = JF, E = AA.
Also, if you don't like my statistical analysis (I was a North Campus guy after all) I also decided to plug these guys' freshman numbers into the NBA.com efficiency formula. Alas, Jrue was only second out of five in that breakdown to JF (12.7 to 11.9 EFF rating). Of course he did pretty much crush, AA, DC and RW (9.2, 5.3 and 2.6 EFF respectively). So just to clear this up for anyone who actually thinks Jrue is going to be riding the pine for some NBDL team in the near future, that EFF raiting is second only to a solid contributor on a championship caliber NBA squad and ahead of one future and two current NBA ballers.