Justin Holiday is an American basketball player who currently plays for National Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers. In 2015, his then-team Golden State Warriors won an NBA championship. Born to basketball players Toya and Shawn, Justin Holiday grew up alongside three siblings. He attended Campbell Hall School in Studio City and later enrolled into the University of Washington, where he played for the Washington Huskies and was named co-captain in his senior season. He turned professional in 2011 when he signed with Okapi Aalstar of Basketball League Belgium. In the ensuing years, Holiday has also played for Szolnoki Olaj of the Hungarian Basketball League and the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. A doting husband and a father, he has been married since 2013. He has a daughter. His siblings are also professional basketball players.
Justin Holiday’s stint as a college basketball player began during his freshman season at Washington when he participated in 19 games for the Washington Huskies. In his junior season, he was selected to be a part of the 2010 Pac-10 All-Defensive Team with whom he played 34 games and averaged 5.9 points per game.
In his senior season, Holiday became the Huskies' co-captain and earned the title of Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. In 35 games, he averaged 10.5 points, 2.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 28.3 minutes per game.
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Justin Holiday made his professional debut in 2011 with Okapi Aalstar of Belgium in the 2011–12 season. After short stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers, he was recruited by Idaho Stampede in October 2012, making his debut in a 112–98 loss to the Los Angeles D-Fenders (now South Bay Lakers) in the following month.
On April 1, 2013, the talented player was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers. His debut for the team came two days later, in an 88–83 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. At the end of the month, he was named to the All-NBA All-Defensive Second Team and D-League Third Team. He then went on to play in the 2013 NBA Summer League. After being dropped by the 76ers, Holiday was acquired by Szolnoki Olaj of Hungary for whom he played in the rest of the 2013–14 season, averaging 12.9 points 1.7 assists per game in a total of 19 league games.
In 2014, he joined the Golden State Warriors. His career rose to new heights when he helped the Warriors win an NBA championship against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals. Holiday averaged 4.3 points in 59 games. He then signed with the team Atlanta Hawks and played a crucial role in their win over the New York Knicks in October 2015. He was traded to the Chicago Bulls in early 2016. On March 11, 2016, he made his debut for the Bulls, averaging a then season-high of 14 points, 2 steals, and 4 rebounds in a 118–96 loss to the team Miami Heat.
Following a short stint with the New York Knicks, Holiday returned to the Chicago Bulls in July 2017. In January 2018, he made a career best seven 3-pointers in a 119–111 win over Miami Heat. In early 2019, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He featured in a losing match against the Dallas Mavericks in April.
On July 31, 2019, the basketball player united with his brother, Aaron, when he was acquired by the Indiana Pacers.
Family & Personal Life
Justin Holiday was born on April 5, 1989, in Mission Hills, California, to basketball players Toya and Shawn Holiday. He has three siblings: younger brother Aaron who plays for the Indiana Pacers, another younger brother Jrue who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, and younger sister Lauren who once played for the UCLA’s women’s team.
Holiday studied at California’s Campbell Hall School. He later attended Washington University.
On August 23, 2013, he married his girlfriend Shekinah in Louisiana, the United States. Their daughter was born in 2017.