The 75 greatest NBA players of the 2010s, ranked

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63) Jrue Holiday 

Boston Celtics guard Jrue Holiday is still going strong in his 15th season, though he got his start with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2010s and immediately proved that he was going to be a terrific player. Holiday's role steadily increased over the first seasons of the decade, culminating with a then-career high of 17.7 points, 8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. That was good enough for him to make his first all-star team, though he was traded that summer to the New Orleans Pelicans to give a young Anthony Davis a co-star.

However, he struggled with injuries early, playing just 74 games over his first two seasons there, with the Sixers even being fined for not disclosing Holiday's injury issues prior to the deal. Fortunately, he bounced back and became a reliable scorer, playmaker, and, especially, defender. In fact, his defense of Damian Lillard was the main reason why the Pelicans upset the third-seed Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

Nevertheless, the Pelicans failed to build a winner around Holiday and Davis, and both were eventually dealt, with Holiday being shipped to the Milwaukie Bucks in the summer of 2020. Ultimately, he averaged 15.6 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 652 games between 2009–10 and 2018–19. With an all-star appearance and two all-defense selections, Holiday was among the best two-way players of the era.