Underrated. Under-appreciated. Unselfish. All three describe Jrue Holiday – and the lack of attention is a big reason why he doesn’t dominate the headlines nightly.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ newest point guard is in his 12th NBA season and has only been named an All-Star once. Even more shockingly, has been named to an All-Defensive Team just twice.

In November 2020, Holiday was traded to the Bucks for a king’s ransom. Milwaukee gave up three first-round picks, two pick swaps, George Hill, and Eric Bledsoe. While Jrue was largely viewed as underrated, the Bucks wanted to show him just how much he was worth to them.

In late December 2020, I had a chance to talk with Jrue Holiday and his wife, Lauren, a now-retired member of the US women’s national soccer team. They discussed Jrue’s fit on the Bucks, being able to stay in shape during the pandemic, and the motivation behind their philanthropy.

This past offseason, Jrue joined an already-stellar defensive team in Milwaukee. I asked him what he felt he brought to a team that plans to contend. After noting things in Milwaukee were great so far, he believed that he can bring “a calming element, especially down the stretch. Defensively, I feel like I’m one of the best defenders in the league.” 

His bold claim has support from some of the best around the association. Holiday, who can guard almost any position, has impressed a few of the high-level scorers in the NBA.