Indiana Pacers season review: Aaron Holiday and his weird season

Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday - Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday - Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports /
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Can the Indiana Pacers rely on Aaron Holiday?

To say the season got off to a poor start for Aaron would be a drastic understatement. He played in each of the first 40 games before being left out of the rotation in two of the next three. He probably would not have played in the Milwaukee game in late March if not for the blowout that the Pacers endured.

Holiday played 16 minutes that night and missed each of his seven shot attempts. His failure to connect on shots was the reason for his absence on game days as the season dwindled down. In those first 40 games, Holiday averaged 7.1 points per game on .379/.342/.756 splits.

Shots just were not falling for Holiday even when he was left open. After Bjorkgren left Aaron out of the lineup briefly, playing just garbage time minutes in two games after his poor start, Holiday turned things around.

Holiday finished the season with two starts in 25 appearances that saw him shoot 44.3 percent from deep. He also improved his free throw shooting in that span to 89.5 percent and his field goal percentage to 42.8.

It took him a while but Aaron Holiday finally settled in and provided a scoring spark for Indiana off the bench. He posted several games of 15+ points including back-to-back outings of 20 or more points.

Confidence was the biggest key for Aaron Holiday this season. Once he got himself back to believing, he was a solid scoring threat off the bench. Was it enough to bring him back next season?