The Indiana Pacers selected UCLA’s Aaron Holiday with the 23rd pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.  Holiday is the third Holiday brother to make it to the NBA, joining Jrue and Justin.  The Pacers once again picked from the “hot bed” of UCLA players continuing the tradition of picking Bruins players like Reggie, Collision, Ike, TJ and now Aaron.

Aaron is tabbed to be the point guard of the future for the Pacers.  Collision and Corey Joseph both are expected back next year, but are free agents in 2019.  With Holiday on board, it is likely that Joe Young is done as a Pacer.

Holiday, a 6-1 point guard, averaged 20.3 points and 5.7 assists in his junior season with the Bruins. He also shot 43 percent from 3, scored a season-high 34 points twice and 25 points or more seven times.

Of the 20 players invited to attend the draft in the Green Room in New York, Holiday was the last chosen.

I LOVE the pick by the Pacers.  They addressed a need with the scoring point guard and also the defensive player.  Holiday said in his interview on ESPN that he wants to “play for his teammates” and “wants to show his defensive skills”.  This is what GM Kevin Pritchard was looking for when adding to this Pacers team.  Well done guys!!

Pacers 2018 1st Round Pick Grade :  A 

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