57 G | 20.9 MPG | 9.8 PPG (55.8 FG%) | 35.1 3FG% | 69.9 FT% | 5.5 RPG | 1.2 APG | 0.9 BPG
• At the outset of training camp, Richaun Holmes was essentially penciled in as the fourth center on the Sixers’ depth, behind the likes of Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel. As the next six and a half months began to play themselves out, Holmes’ name would need to be rewritten several times, due to injury and roster management factors alike. At each turn, when presented with increased responsibilities, the second-year Bowling Green product was ready. Logging roughly 7.0 more minutes per game than he did as a rookie, Holmes set career-best averages in just about every statistical category. He also raised his shooting percentage from 51.4 to 55.8.
• After Joel Embiid’s left knee began bothering him in late January, and Nerlens Noel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks over the All-Star break, Holmes was thrust into the Sixers’ back-up five-man role. His production subsequently took off from there, generating 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in just 26.9 minutes over his final 26 games. Amidst this stretch, the 2015 second-round pick pumped out three 20-point performances and five double-doubles. He started each of the Sixers’ final 11 contests, and closed the year with a career-best tying five-game double-figure scoring streak.
• By season’s end, a good amount of time had passed since Holmes’ six-game stint with the Delaware 87ers in January, but the two-week long NBA Development League assignment represented a telling arc in the big man’s season. On the heels of a concussion injury, and with former lottery picks Embiid, Okafor, and Noel all concurrently healthy, Holmes appeared to be on the outside looking in in respect to the center rotation. Nonetheless, he kept plugging along with a workmanlike attitude, and turned in an 18-point showing against the L.A. Clippers January 24th. Holmes continued to bide his time until an expanded role surfaced after the All-Star break.
When Holmes was given chances to do damage at the rim (not just offensively, but defensively as well), something emphatic usually happened, as evidenced here, in the Sixers’ February 27th match-up with Golden State, a competitive 11-point loss. This slam, which was none too kind to All-Star Draymond Green, highlighted Holmes’ 15-point, five-rebounds, three-block night.
A focal point for Holmes this season was expanding his range to the 3-point line, a territory from which he ultimately demonstrated encouraging potential. Against Milwaukee on April 8th, the 23-year old set a career-high with three 3-pointers (check out his go-ahead pick-and-pop trey below). Holmes connected on 27 of 77 heaves from beyond the arc, good for a solid 35.1 percent, after going 8 for 44 from 3-point territory as a rookie. He went 30 for 85 from distance at the collegiate level.
In what was arguably one of the most well-rounded outings of his career, Holmes turned in 24 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists – all marks that either set or tied career-highs – in a March 20th overtime loss in Orlando.
Statement for the Summer:
“Just looking forward to the summer, looking forward to putting the work in, coming back even better. Basketball wise, I’m going to be training between Philly and Chicago. Non-basketball wise, just enjoying family. Haven’t spent a lot of time with my son during the season, and looking forward to being with him.”