Rookie Challenge 2011: Jrue Holiday In, Evan Turner Snubbed

Posted on February 4, 2011


It was just announced yesterday that point guard of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jrue Holiday, has been selected to take part in the Rookie Challenge in this year’s All-Star Weekend.

It can definitely be said that the opportunity for Holiday is well deserved—he has been the most consistent player for the 76ers this year and is a rising point guard in the league.

Holiday is just 20 years-old, averaging over 14 points and just under seven assists per game this season. He has done a great job and is starting to live up to his high expectations.

Jrue Holiday will join the the team of sophomores including, Tyreke Evans, Dejuan Blair, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, Brandon Jennings, Taj Gibson, and Wesley Matthews.

He will be the only player representing the 76ers the entire All-Star Weekend.

Playing for the rookies will be Blake Griffin, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Wesley Johnson, Greg Monroe, Landry Fields, and Gary Neal.

When it comes to All-Star weekends for any sport, there will always be a handful of snubs.

In this event, it was Evan Turner.

Turner, who was the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, missed out on the game. In fact, he was the only player who was drafted in the top five who was left out.

Okay, am I crazy, or should Turner have been selected?

NBA fans need to see the potential that Turner has. Not only is he versatile, but he has great rebounding skills for a shooting guard.

He is averaging 7.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season—not the best stats, but besides Griffin and Wall, neither do any of the other players on the rookie team.

It is clear that when Turner plays, he is productive—whether the ball is in his hands or not.

The fact that Andre Iguodala takes minutes away from him shouldn’t play in effect for him to be chosen for the game.

But what I don’t understand is that most of these guys don’t receive a lot of minutes either and the stats are very similar to Turner’s. So did they think they are more talented then Turner?

I think so and I beg to differ.

In 12 instances this season he has been given more than 30 minutes in a game, and in those times he has recorded double figures in a category 10 times.

Some games he can be the scorer and others he can be a distributor or facilitator.

Now, I’m not saying Turner is doing great because he has certainly had some down games. However, he has also had some very good ones too and has played better than Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs.

Aside from Griffin, Wall and maybe Landry Fields and DeMarcusCousins, none of those rookies have put up great statistics. In fact, aside from those guys, they all average under 10 points per game.

Turner easily should have made the team and it would have been really nice to see how he would have done playing with all young guys. It would show Philadelphia fans how good he can be when playing with athletes his age.

However, as Sixers fans, we can’t be upset about this and neither should Turner.

It stinks that he was snubbed, but that just gives him more motivation to do better the second half of the year and prove the critics wrong.

It shouldn’t be taken that serious since it is only an All-Star event, but we can all agree that he was certainly snubbed

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