Unicaja | David Holston, the ‘little’ scoring machine that threatens Unicaja

In European basketball it is difficult to find American players who put down roots in a club. Sports and economic issues lead them to jump from country to country to improve their economic and sports situation. Sometimes tax reasons also play a role, as is often the case in Spanish basketball. For these reasons, the case of David Holston, the captain and leader of Dijon is very striking.

The Michigan-born guard is one of the shortest players in the Champions League at 1.73 meters, but also one of the most talented. He came to Europe in 2005, an indicator of his seniority as he is 34 years old, but is possibly experiencing one of the best moments of his career. After passing through Turkey and Germany, he arrived at Dijon in 2015 and is still there. He is not the most outstanding player on the French team, Unicaja’s rival tonight in the European tournament, but he is in the French League, in which he is the man of the moment.

In 2019 he was elected MVP of the season and this campaign is on track to repeat as the best in the championship. His numbers in the Betclic Elite (as it is called for commercial reasons) are outstanding. Holston is averaging 17 points, 7.7 assists, 2.5 steals and a PIR of 21.7, the highest in the French championship so far. Needless to say, the Dijon leader both by experience and performance. It is an electric base and it will force Malaga defenders to do a good job so that it does not become a headache.

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All the previous data demonstrate the offensive capacity of David Holston, but these numbers are far from the great performance he signed last season against Le Mas, to which he endorsed no more and no less than 46 points, a record that became a record scored in the play-off of the French League and top this century.