by Tracy Weissenberg / @basketballista

While much of this season’s focus has been devoted to who hasn’t played for the Sixers, Jrue Holiday has given the organization reason to be optimistic. The first-time All-Star is recording career-highs in points, assists and rebounds, and his 20 double-doubles this season are more than he tallied in his first three years combined.

After making the Playoffs the past two seasons, the Sixers will have a long offseason to regroup. With Andrew Bynum as a free agent, the club will have to determine whether to invest in the eighth-year center, who missed the entire season due to knee injuries.

Holiday, the only member of the team signed through ’16-17, has shown poise and promise during a trying season. He caught up with SLAMonline before Friday’s game against the Hawks to talk about his first All-Star appearance, growth as a point guard, and the value of Playoff experience.