Jon Robert Holden
|Point guard / Shooting guard|
August 10, 1976 |
|Nationality||American / Russian|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Wilkinsburg (Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania)
Linsly School (Wheeling, West Virginia)
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1998–2011|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jon Robert "J.R." Holden (born August 10, 1976) (in Russian: Джон Ро́берт Хо́лден) is a retired American Russian professional basketball player. A 1.85 m (6'1") tall guard, he played NCAA Division I college basketball at Bucknell University from 1994 to 1998.
As a member of CSKA Moscow, Holden won two Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008. Moreover, he reached eight consecutive Euroleague Final Four tournaments, a record he shares with his former teammate Theo Papaloukas. His consistency at the highest level of European basketball earned him a selection in the Euroleague 2001-2010 All-Decade Team.
He has also been a member of the senior Russia national basketball team, which he helped lead to the Eurobasket title in 2007. His buzzer beater to beat heavily favored Spain in the final of the tournament is part of European basketball history.
Holden was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Bucknell, he received a call from the basketball club ASK/Brocēni/LMT, located in Riga, Latvia, offering him $3,000 net income a month to join their team. He accepted and began a long and very successful career in European basketball.
Holden has played for teams in: the Latvian League (ASK/Brocēni/LMT 1998-99), the Belgian League (Telindus Oostende 1999-01), the Greek A1 League (AEK Athens 2001-02) and the Russian Superleague A (CSKA Moscow 2002–2011). He has won national championships in each country. He was named the 2003 Russian Superleague A Player of the Year. He earned an Import Players Honorable Mention in the 2002 Eurobasket All-Europe Rankings. Holden has won the Euroleague 2005–06 and the Euroleague 2007–08 season championships with CSKA.
Russian national team
Holden's biggest achievement came in the 2007 FIBA European Championship (EuroBasket) final game against Spain, where he scored the winning shot that gave Russia the championship. He scored the final winning basket with 2 seconds left in the game. He was also named to the Russian squad for the 2008 Beijing Olympics Basketball Tournament.
On October 20, 2003, Holden became a Russian citizen by decree of President Vladimir Putin. This move was brought about by new Russian Basketball Federation regulations restricting the number of foreigners, and specifically Americans allowable on Russian League teams. In response to the move, CSKA Basketball CEO Sergei Kushchenko hatched the idea of Holden acquiring citizenship. Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov and the Russian State Sports Committee both wrote letters in support of the decree. Holden currently maintains dual American and Russian citizenship.
Euroleague career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Holden's team won the Euroleague|
Latvian League: 1999
Belgian League: 2001
Belgian Cup: 2001
Greek League: 2002
Russian League: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Russian Cup: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
Euroleague: 2006, 2008
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Fiba.com Profile
- Russian League Profile
- CSKA Club Profile
- "J.R. Holden", n°54 on Time’s list of "100 Olympic Athletes To Watch"