Holiday has found that the transition to his new team, Milwaukee, has been as fluid as a move like this can be. Formerly the veteran leader on a youthful New Orleans team a season ago, Holiday has been welcomed with open arms to a Bucks franchise with great continuity, who have been looking for that third cornerstone piece to get over the hump. Alongside Giannis and Middleton, Jrue is the floor general, lockdown defender at the point guard position that this team has been lacking for the past couple of seasons. Dubbed the 2020 NBA Teammate of the Year, Holiday has fit right in with the Milwaukee culture and the hope is that Holiday’s poise and wisdom while running the show will be enough to get the Bucks another shot at a title.
Through four games thus far, Holiday is averaging 17.3 PPG and 5.3 APG, leaving him just shy of the 25.5 points + assists as he faces the Miami Heat for a 2nd consecutive night on Wednesday. With Heat star Jimmy Butler sidelined with an ankle injury on Tuesday, Holiday took advantage and had his best game of the season, dropping 24 points with 7 assists, to go along with 3 steals in a 144-97 Bucks blowout win. With the absence of Butler, who normally would guard the likes of Giannis or Middleton, Holiday gets a much weaker and inexperienced defender guarding him on each possession (i.e. Robinson or Herro). Although Giannis finished with just nine points on 3 for 9 shooting, there should still be plenty of opportunities for Holiday to fill it up in South Beach on Wednesday night, in what should be a much closer contest.