Aaron Holiday

Aaron Holiday

25-Year-Old GuardG
Washington Wizards
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A strong second season with the Pacers led to higher expectations for Holiday in his third season with Indiana. The guard regressed in his third year and finished the 2020-21 season with averages of 7.2 points, 1.9 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals. Holiday made 39.0 percent from the field, 81.9 percent from the charity stripe and 36.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc during the 2020-21 campaign. After being traded to the Wizards during the offseason, Holiday will have a chance to compete for the main backup point guard role. The 24-year-old will battle with Raul Neto for minutes at guard off the bench. If Holiday can beat out Neto for extended minutes, he should be able to increase his points and assists. However, he's likely only to offer value in the deepest of fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.15 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2018. Pacers exercised $2.35 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019. Pacers exercised $3.98 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Traded to the Wizards in July of 2021.
Personal Bio

Aaron Holiday was born in 1996 in Ruston, Louisiana. He is the son of Shawn and Toya Holiday and is the youngest of four children. Older brothers Jrue and Justin have also played in the NBA, while his parents both played college ball at Arizona State. His mother was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1982. Aaron played his high school ball at Campbell Hall in Los Angeles, California. He won Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year honors after both his junior and senior seasons, sharing the award with Bennie Boatwright as a senior. Fans can follow Holiday on Twitter (@The_4th_Holiday).

College/International Summary

Aaron Holiday spent three years (2015-18) at the University of California - Los Angeles. He started all 32 games he played in as a freshman, averaging 10.3 points and 4 assists per contest. Holiday's 127 assists were the most by a UCLA freshman since his brother, Jrue, had 129 in 2008-09. As a sophomore, Holiday improved his stats despite getting on the court for fewer minutes. Playing behind current Pelicans' point guard Lonzo Ball, Holiday averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, and was named the nation's Sixth Man of the Year by Bleacher Report. He would be one of five Bruins to finish the year averaging double digits in scoring. Holiday broke out in a big way as a junior, averaging 20.3 points and 5.8 assists in 33 games, all starts. Holiday led the Pac-12 in points per game, earning first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors and becoming one of five players selected to the conference's All-Defensive Team. Holiday concluded his career ranking 25th on UCLA's all-time scoring list, and his 4.72 career mark for assists per game ranks seventh in school history.

Scores 17 in preseason opener
GWashington Wizards
October 5, 2021
Holiday recorded 17 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), three assists, one rebound and one steal in 17 minutes during Tuesday's 125-119 preseason loss to the Rockets.
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Holiday was aggressive in finding his shot, and they were going down with efficiency. He has a shot at being the Wizards' first guard off the bench this season.
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2020

Holiday featured in 66 of the Pacers' 72 games during the 2020-21 regular season and came regularly off the bench, starting just eight times -- with six of those coming in the first nine games of the campaign. The former UCLA standout delivered his best game of the season on April 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he finished with 22 points, three assists and a rebound. That was one of his two 20-point performances of the campaign, with both games coming on a back-to-back basis. Holiday scored at least 15 points in 10 different contests, and other season-high marks included five rebounds, 12 assists, three steals (four times) and one block (13 times). The 2018 first-round pick also notched one double-double on the season, when he delivered 16 points and 12 dimes in a win over the Golden State Warriors. The three-year veteran averaged 7.2 points, 1.9 assists, 1.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks across 17.8 minutes per game. He also shot 39 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range, and 81.9 percent from the charity stripe.

2019

In his second NBA season, Holiday appeared in a career-high 66 games for the Pacers. He nearly doubled his per-game minutes average from last season, resulting in new career-highs nearly across the board. In 24.5 minutes per game, Holiday posted averages of 9.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 0.8 steals. The UCLA product shot 41.4 percent from the floor, including a career-best 39.4 percent from three. He also hit 85.1 percent of his free throws. Making his first start of the season on Nov. 6 against Washington, Holiday finished with 18 points and two rebounds in 31 minutes. He went on to start eight consecutive games from Nov. 6 through Nov. 23, averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals over that span. In a Dec. 28 matchup against New Orleans, Holiday posted a season-high 25 points in 33 minutes. He registered double-digit assists four times, including a season-high 13 on Nov. 18 against Brooklyn. In a win over Charlotte on Dec. 15, Holiday hit a season-high nine free throws on 10 attempts. In a Dec. 23 win over Toronto, he drained a season-best five three-pointers. In all, Holiday hit multiple threes in 23 regular-season contests. Holiday appeared in all four of the Pacers' playoff matchups against the Heat. In 18.0 minutes per game, he averaged 7.8 points, 2.5 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal. In Game 2, Holiday started and scored a playoff-career-high 12 points, to go with five assists.

2018

Aaron Holiday was selected by the Pacers with the 23rd pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. As a rookie, he saw action as a reserve in 50 games. Holiday managed just under 13 minutes per game on the floor. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 5.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. His best game of the season came early in the year, as Holiday accumulated a career-high 19 points and seven rebounds in a blowout win over Utah on Nov. 19. The late January injury suffered by Victor Oladipo opened up minutes in the Pacers rotation for Holiday. From Jan. 26 to Mar. 9, Holiday played 18 minutes per game and averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 and 1.2 made threes over nine games. Holiday showed proficiency on the defensive end. He collected at least one steal in 16 games, and had at least one block in 10 contests. Holiday recorded a career-best three thefts against Sacramento on Dec. 8, and registered two rejections on two separate occasions. Holiday's Pacers finished at 48-34 and lost to Boston in the first round of the playoffs.

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Holiday made noticeable improvements as a sophomore as he took on a bigger role. He was often entrusted as a starter while teammates dealt with injury, with Holiday starting half of his 66 appearances. As a reserve, he averaged 7.6 points, 2.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 18.5 minutes. While starting, Holiday averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 assists, 2.9 rebounds and just over one steal per game in 30.5 minutes. Heading into 2020-21, Holiday's role isn't expected to expand significantly, unless Victor Oladipo gets traded and a backcourt spot opens up. As a result, fantasy managers should likely only take a chance on Holiday as a flier in deeper leagues. For now, he's mostly a dynasty league target with upside as a passer and three-point shooter.
The 23rd overall pick in 2018, Holiday served as the third point guard on Indiana's depth chart. Apart from his field-goal percentage, Holiday was solid overall, posting averages of 5.9 points (40.1 FG%, 33.9 3P%, 82.0 FT%), 1.7 assists, 1.3 rebounds, 0.9 threes, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks in 12.9 minutes across 50 appearances. With the Pacers essentially swapping out Darren Collison and Cory Joseph for Malcolm Brogdon and T.J. McConnell this summer, there's a chance Holiday begins 2019-20 as Brogdon's primary backup at point guard, though he'll have to beat McConnell out for the job. If that happens, an uptick in minutes combined with Holiday's aggressiveness offensively could mean a small breakout is on the horizon, especially with Victor Oladipo (knee) expected to remain sidelined until at least December. Still, the Pacers were the seventh-slowest team in the league last season in terms of pace. That's not expected to change, and it could limit possessions and make it difficult for Holiday to consistently fill up the stat sheet.
Holiday had rather pedestrian freshman and sophomore years at UCLA, but then burst onto the scene as a junior in 2017-18. He became a dominant scorer, having the ability to beat opposing defenders off the dribble or simply pull up and knock down shots from the perimeter. Holiday led the Bruins offensively with 20.3 points per game and hit a ridiculous 42.9 percent of his three-pointers, which marked a third straight year shooting over 40 percent from deep. However, he was also a distributor when needed and played solid defense, adding 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals to his final stat line in college. Following the breakout year, Holiday elected to leave early for the professional ranks and was selected by the Pacers with the 23rd overall pick in the first round. While he's got two family members with NBA experience -- brothers Jrue Holiday and Justin Holiday -- there's still some concerns surrounding Holiday's size, as he stands just 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 185 pounds. He'll certainly bulk up, but he could have trouble defending some of the bigger guards in the league. Either way, Holiday isn't likely in line for a huge role as a rookie. Darren Collison is locked in as a starter and Cory Joseph has earned the backup role with solid reserve play, while Tyreke Evans was brought in this offseason and can also handle the ball when needed. That means Holiday will likely just see spot minutes most nights and the 2018-19 campaign should generally be considered a developmental year. That said, both Collison and Joseph are on expiring deals, which makes Holiday a prime dynasty target.
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Dealt to Washington
GWashington Wizards
July 29, 2021
Holiday was traded to the Wizards from the Pacers on Thursday in exchange for the No. 22 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Cleared to play Tuesday
GIndiana Pacers
May 18, 2021
Holiday (toe) is available for Tuesday's play-in game against the Hornets.
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Game-time call Tuesday
GIndiana Pacers
Toe
May 18, 2021
Holiday (toe) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Hornets, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.
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Questionable for play-in game
GIndiana Pacers
Toe
May 17, 2021
Holiday (toe) is questionable for Tuesday's play-in game against Charlotte.
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Ruled out Sunday
GIndiana Pacers
Toe
May 16, 2021
Holiday (toe) will not play Sunday against the Raptors.
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