Justin Holiday signed by NBA's Philadelphia 76ers

You probably won't win one of these in Philly this year Justin, sorry. - Jeff Gross

Justin Holiday joins his all-star brother Jrue on the 76ers, currently sitting 5 1/2 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite center Andrew Bynum not playing a single game all season long.

Would you like to have your brother at your work? This has happened for the Philadelphia 76ers as they signed a 23 year-old wing off of the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League by the name of Justin Holiday. His brother is all-star point guard Jrue Holiday, who attended UCLA for a season before jumping to the NBA.

The elder Holiday (Justin) played for the Washington Huskies from 2007-11, averaging over ten points and five rebounds per game in his senior year. When he played for the Huskies he was more of a defensive specialist despite scoring in double digits. He used his athleticism to finish in transition, and developed his jumper throughout his tenure as a Dawg. He did finish the Pac-10 season as defensive player of the year in his final season under Lorenzo Romar.

Last summer Justin was a member of the Sixers' Vegas Summer League team, and averaged almost 12 points per game in five games, shooting over 40% from behind the arc. He has developed into a little bit more of an outside threat than during his time at Washington, but his role in the NBA would still be more of a defensive stopper than a go-to scorer.

Holiday has played in 47 games for the Stampede this season, scoring 17.4 points per game. His impact is felt beyond his scoring however, as in addition to tough defense--accounting for two and a half steals per game-- he grabs over five rebounds per contest and nearly three assists.

As the article from philly.com notes, the contract likely includes an invitation to join the Sixers' summer team once again, another opportunity to gauge the improvement of Holiday and his improvement as a player. He will spend the remainder of the season as a Sixer, as his contract runs through the remaining 17 games on Philadelphia's schedule.

To make room for Holiday, the 76ers waived guard Jeremy Pargo. Ironically, Pargo has a brother in the NBA by the name of Jannero Pargo, and eight-year veteran playing for Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats.

Another pair of brothers play for the same team, as Tyler Hansbrough and Ben Hansbrough both play for the Indiana Pacers.

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