NBAGLeague.com’s “Coach’s Take” will provide Q&A’s with NBA and G League coaches about players throughout the league during the 2017-18 season
Cleveland Cavaliers and Canton Charge two-way player John Holland has had a great start in the NBA G League to begin the season. Most notably, Holland dropped a career-high 43 points in the Charge’s 120-118 victory over the Red Claws on Nov. 12. He was 16-for-25 from the field, including 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Holland followed that up with 22 points and eight assists in Canton’s home opener against the Hustle.
Alex Busch: Being a two-way player with you guys in Canton and the Cavaliers in Cleveland, what have you seen John so far this season?
Nate Reinking: We’ve known him for three years now. He’s consistently at a high level day in and day out. This year’s no different. We’re just happy to have him for the start of the year. He’s one of those guys that shows up every day and leads by example. When your best player is leading like that, you’re in a good spot.
AB: Since you’ve known him for a little while, what are his best strengths as a player?
NR: Obviously he can put the ball in the basket. His shooting is elite, but he’s not just that, he does everything well. His shooting will set him up and he’ll make plays for others. He plays the right way and does it on both ends of the floor. He’s tough, gets down and defends and he can defend multiple positions.
AB: He showed that scoring touch when he dropped 43 points last week, do you see that kind of success continuing and see him getting another chance in the NBA?
NR: Yeah. He’s had some 10-day contracts. It’s one of those enigmas to me that I don’t understand why he’s not on a roster. He does this night in and night out for us. I believe he could be great in the right role at the NBA level on someone’s roster.
AB: Obviously he can score, but what has he meant to the fit of your team so far this year?
NR: He can do multiple things. He’s an all-around player. He can defend multiple positions, and on the offensive end he’s not just a scorer. That’s his strength, so he can set it up by making plays on the bounce to others when he’s guarded. He just plays the right way and all of our guys really feed off of that on the court.