Pacers See Aaron Holiday As A Rotational Player Next Season

Pacers See Aaron Holiday As A Rotational Player Next Season

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Pacers See Aaron Holiday As A Rotational Player Next Season

What did Nate McMillan think of the rookie season for Aaron Holiday and how do they view the point guard moving forward?

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INDIANAPOLISThe rookie role for Aaron Holliday went about how you would have expected it to go.

 

With established veterans Darren Collison and Cory Joseph ahead of Holiday on the 2018-19 depth chart, minutes were likely to be scarce.

 

It was indeed difficult for Holiday to earn consistent run this past season.

 

He averaged 12.9 minutes in 50 games played, seeing a rotational role when injuries appeared in the backcourt.

 

When Indiana needed a spark at times, they turned to Holiday, who showed a microwave type of ability to give them an offensive jolt off the bench.

 

Nate McMillan liked what he saw from his 22-year-old point guard, who averaged 5.9 points per game, 1.7 assists and 0.8 turnovers.

 

“I’m very comfortable with him,” McMillan says of the 23rd overall pick from last June. “He has a maturity about him. It’s due to the fact that he does have brothers who have played in the league for a long time. He’s trained with those guys for a long time.

 

“Whenever he got the opportunity to play (last season), he played with confidence and did some good things for us. Late in the season, due to injury, he was able to get a few more minutes. And during the playoffs I actually put him out there because I wanted to play faster. I wanted to see us pick up the tempo. I think he has the capability to do that.”

 

It's that focus---wanting to play faster---that has McMillan believing Holiday will be in Indiana’s rotation next season.

 

How much the Pacers need/want to rely on Holiday depends on how they handle the cloudy future at point guard.

 

Both Collison (31 years old) and Joseph (27 years old) are free agents, and their returns, with one of them potentially starting, is no guarantee.

 

Holiday is under contract and while crowning him the starting point guard for 2019-20 is premature, he’s going to see some action.

 

“I feel he should be a rotational player next season and a guy that can play the 1 or the 2,” McMillan says of Holiday. “Certainly, there are areas where he needs to grow. I like what he brings to the floor. From the time I had him in Training Camp last year, he’s a young kid who has a great deal of confidence in himself and I think he can help us. The things I talked about improving, tempo, pace, three-point shooting, he brings all of that to the floor.

 

“He certainly should be in the rotation next year.”

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