Sunday, February 7, 2016

Holiday Gets His Jrue

Jrue Holiday joined some elite Sixer company on his first three seasons.

Holiday Gets His Jrue

(H. Rumph Jr/AP)
(H. Rumph Jr/AP)

Jrue Holiday, who signed a four-year extension late Wednesday night, finds himself in some exclusive 76er company historically.

Only two Sixers had more assists through the first three years of their NBA career than the 1101 that Holiday dished out. And remember, the 6-foot-3 guard out of UCLA did it with a shortened third season, due to the work stoppage.

Here are the 76ers that had the most assists through the first three seasons of their NBA career: 

 Player  First Season    GP  Asts.    1st  2nd  3rd
 Maurice Cheeks    1978-79  242    1547  431    556    560  
 Allen Iverson  1996-97  204  1284  567  494  223
 Jrue Holiday  2009-10  220  1101  280  531  290
 Andre Iguodala  2004-05  240    933  246  255  432
 Andrew Toney  1980-81  233    921  273  283  365
 Hersey Hawkins  1988-89  241    799  239  261  299
 Charles Barkley  1984-85  230    798  155  312  331
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