Justin Holiday

When Phil Jackson traded for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday was supposed to be a throw-in. With half the season in the books, it’s more likely that Holiday will be in New York next year than Rose.

The 27-year-old has appeared in every game, started in two, and is converting on 37.1 percent of his attempts from three-point range. The New York bench was supposed to be a weakness, but Holiday’s surprising play has negated that.

Per NBA.com, Holiday’s in the 84th percentile of efficiency on spot up plays (1.18 points per possession).

He’s also one of only two Knicks rotation players (Hernangomez being the other) with a positive net rating, which might say more about his teammates than him.

Holiday’s salary for 2016-17 is just over $1 million. He has a serious raise coming to him this summer.

Even in a disappointing season like this one you can find hope. For the first time in what feels like forever, there’s actually something for New York basketball fans to be proud of.

  • All of my stats come from Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.
I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.