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Jrue Holiday has a chance to add to the Bruins’ NBA legacy

Former UCLA star guard and current Boston Celtics standout Jrue Holiday will compete in his second NBA Finals this week. A two-time All-Star, Holiday has firmly established himself as one of the league’s premier defensive guards over the past decade. This season, he has been instrumental in leading the Celtics to the best record in the league and securing a chance to win Boston’s first championship since 2008.

Holiday’s journey this season has been remarkable and he is now poised to add another important chapter to his legacy. If he can help the Celtics win the title, Holiday will become the seventh UCLA alum to win at least two NBA championships.

In total, UCLA has seen 23 former players help their organization win the NBA Finals a total of 37 times. At least one former UCLA player has led his NBA team to the NBA Finals, 70 times in total. Six Bruins have led their respective teams coached at least two NBA titles: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Jamaal Wilkes (four), Kevon Looney (three), Willie Naulls (three), Jordan Farmar (two) and Bill Walton (two).

He previously won his first title with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021.

Holiday was picked 17th overall, played at UCLA from 2008 to 2009 and earned a spot on the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. His success in the NBA further increased his standing among the Bruins, who were flourishing professionally.

With four more wins, Holiday can further cement his place in basketball history and cement his legacy among UCLA greats.

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