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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Washington F Justin Holiday

Posted By Ryan Hannable On June 19, 2011 @ 9:33 pm In General | 1 Comment

WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).

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Justin Holiday, brother of 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year this past season. (AP)

Justin Holiday

Position: Forward

School: Washington

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 185 pounds

Stats: 10.5 ppg, 2.1 apg, 5.2 rpg

What he brings: The long and athletic swingman is known mostly for his defense, and he was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. His toughness and his aggressiveness also help him on the boards. Holiday has improved a great deal over his college career on the offensive end of the court, as he has developed a good outside shot, especially for a guy his size. He also is a pretty good passer for a forward.

Where the Celtics could get him: First round (or second)

What they’re saying: “He can play the 3 or the 4 and tends to gives people fits with his athleticism. Nothing has changed since I had him. I think his versatility is what separates him from the others and makes him attractive to minds in the NBA.” — Terry Kelly, Holiday’s high school coach

Notes: Holiday was nicknamed “The Fireman” by his teammates for his defensive intensity and rebounding. His brother, Jrue Holiday, starts at point guard for the 76ers.

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