There seems to be a Holiday Movement growing in the last few days. Let me get this out of the way: I didn't watch much of his play at UCLA, and don't have a strong opinion about how good of a pro he'll turn out to be.
My problem isn't with Holiday, but with the primary point of reasoning behind drafting him: that he has the size and PG abilities to play alongside Monta in the backcourt. Should this be our main focus going into the draft?
Here's what we know:
- Nelson isn't known for playing young, green players, unless they do one or two things really well.
- Nelson thinks Monta's future is at the point, and plans to play him there this season. Remember, he said this long before Baron left the team — it's not something the team is saying just because they don't have any other options at PG.
- Nelson wants to play Jackson at the 2 because of his lack of rebounding at the 3, his good perimeter defense, and his ability to post up smaller players.
Nellie could certainly change his mind, as he is wont to do, but I'm not gonna assume so until I hear some suggestion of it.
So, knowing what we know, why pick somebody like Holiday based on the assumption that he'll suddenly be playing alongside Monta for the majority of the game? Is he such a polished point guard that Nellie will scrap the plan, move Monta back to the 2, and Jack back to the 3? It's much more likely that he'll be playing off the bench for a short amount of minutes, if at all.
I don't mean to pick on Holiday. If he's the best player available at #7, then by all means, Riles should select him. But if Thabeet's available, and he's deemed the best player on the board? Pick him — he can help bolster the frontcourt. If Jennings is determined to have the better value? Pick him, I don't care if he's not as good a fit alongside Monta in the backcourt. If Harden falls? Pick him, find a place for him in the backcourt or use his value in a trade.
We need more talent, period — we shouldn't pigeonhole ourselves because we think a certain guy will solve such a specific perceived need, especially when our knowledge of Nellie's plans is contrary to that solution coming to immediate fruition.