The Indiana Pacers held at the 23rd pick and drafted their second consecutive UCLA prospect in the first round, taking guard Aaron Holiday. Holiday led the way for the Bruins as a junior, scoring 20.3 PPG and dishing 5.8 APG, picking up All-Pac-12 First Team honors for a 21-12 UCLA team that reached the NCAA Tournament.
Markybcool at Bruins Nation broke down Holiday as a prospect, offering a lot of interesting positives, praising his scoring ability and even better, his shooting touch:
Holiday can drain the rock from the perimeter, and this ability will mostly likely only get better. Holiday currently has NBA 3-point range, and the current state of the NBA puts a lot of stock in guards that can shoot the ball, and Holiday checks that box.
Holiday shot 43% from three point range while also showing strength as a finisher. Not only is he a good scorer, but a solid defender as well, being named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.
On the downside, the Pacers may be taking on a turnover prone point guard, from Markybcool:
As UCLA fans know all too well, the weakness that seems to jump out in regards to Holiday is his penchant to turn the ball over. During his junior year, Holiday averaged almost four turnovers per game. A 5.8 assists/3.8 turnovers ratio must improve. Nothing highlighted this issue with turnovers more than the debacle that was the UCLA play-in game against St. Bonaventure. Holiday had 10 turnovers in this game, and during the last 30 seconds of the game, Holiday turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions, and UCLA went on to lose the game 65-58.
At 23, the Pacers still appeared get solid value. Holiday’s brothers Jrue Holiday and Justin Holiday both play in the NBA. What do you think? Good pick? Not so good pick? Just glad it wasn’t a specific Dukie?