Jon Robert Holden
|Born||August 10, 1976|
|Nationality||American / Russian|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Wilkinsburg (Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania)|
Linsly School (Wheeling, West Virginia)
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jon Robert "J.R." Holden (Russian: Джон Ро́берт Хо́лден; born August 10, 1976) is a retired American-Russian professional basketball player, currently serving as an NBA scout for the Detroit Pistons. Holden was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At 1.85 m (6'1") tall, he could play at both the point guard and shooting guard positions, but he primarily played at point guard.
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 CSKA teammate, Theo Papaloukas. His consistency at the highest level of European basketball earned him a selection to the EuroLeague 2000–2010 All-Decade Team.
After graduation from Bucknell, Holden 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 played for teams in: the Latvian League (ASK/Brocēni/LMT 1998–99), the Belgian League (Telindus Oostende 1999–01), the Greek Basket League (AEK Athens 2001–02) and the Russian Superleague A (CSKA Moscow 2002–2011). He won national championships in each country. He was named the 2003 Russian Superleague A Player of the Year by the website Eurobasket.com. He also earned an Import Players Honorable Mention in the 2002 Eurobasket.com website's All-Europe Rankings. Holden won the EuroLeague 2005–06 and the EuroLeague 2007–08 season championships with CSKA.
National team career
Holden's biggest achievement came in the FIBA EuroBasket 2007 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 men's 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.
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Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Holden's team won the EuroLeague|
- Latvian League Champion: (1999)
- Belgian League Champion: (2001)
- Belgian Cup Winner: (2001)
- Greek League Champion: (2002)
- 9× Russian Championship Champion: (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- 4× Russian Cup Winner: (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010)
- 2× EuroLeague Champion: (2006, 2008)
Russian senior national team
- Eurobasket.com website's Russian Super League Player of the Year: (2003)
- EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer: (2009)
- VTB United League Final Four MVP: (2010)
- EuroLeague 2000–10 All-Decade Team: (2010)
- Former Bison Hoops Star J.R. Holden Thriving in Russia :: Standout point guard given Russian citizenship. Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
- EuroBasket 2005 Player Profile. Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
- Eurobasket.com - 2002 Eurobasket All-Europe Rankings.
- Koelnarena. Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
- "Front Office Directory". Philadelphia 76ers. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
- MVP.rs JR Holden za MVP: Želeo sam da igram za Partizan.