Tuesday was a career-defining night for Jrue Holiday. The Bucks star scored 40 points—including a shot from beyond half court and a clutch three in overtime—and flashed some timely defense to lead Milwaukee to a win over the Celtics. The amazing performance during a national broadcast only further confirmed that Holiday absolutely deserves his spot on this year’s NBA All-Star Team. It also reminded Bucks fans how lucky we are to have a player like him on the roster.

In addition to being one of the best players in the Association this season, Holiday has shown himself time and time again to be one of the best humans in all of pro sports. Along with his wife (former U.S. soccer player Lauren Holiday, who is also instrumental in the couple’s philanthropic efforts), Jrue has donated millions of dollars to small business owners and community organizations both in Wisconsin and other parts of the country. Over the course of his career, he’s also been a shining example of kindness, generosity, selflessness, and parenthood that we should all try to emulate. The fact he’s also one of the best defenders in the NBA is just a bonus. As far as we’re concerned, Jrue Holiday is the MVP—Most Valuable Person—in the NBA.

As Holiday prepares for a well-deserved All-Star Weekend, we figured we’d assemble and rank some examples of the awesomeness he’s displayed on the court and that both he and Lauren have accomplished off the court. We’re sure we’re likely leaving out a ton of highlights and headlines, but you get the idea!

T-1. Last night

T-1. Jrue, Lauren Holiday Giving Rest of 2020 Salary to Black Businesses, Nonprofits

T-1. Jrue and Lauren Holiday awarding another $1 million in grants to Black-led organizations

T-1. Jrue and Lauren Holiday Announce Third Round of Funding for Black-owned Businesses and Nonprofits, Providing Up to $1,000,000 in Grant Funding and Additional Resources

T-1. “The Valley Oop”

T-1. Lauren and Jrue Holiday commit to Milwaukee philanthropy ‘for the long haul’

T-1. St. Paul nonprofit gets boost during Black Philanthropy Month thanks to Jrue and Lauren Holiday

T-1. Pelicans player Jrue Holiday takes leave to care for pregnant wife with brain tumor

T-1. Indianapolis to share in $5M donation from NBA player Jrue Holiday

T-1. Game-winner vs. Grizzlies

T-1. Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, Kohler Co., and the Holidays Announce Commitment to Domestic Violence Support and Shelters Across Wisconsin in Honor of Purple Thursday and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

T-1. Game-winner vs. Heat

T-1. Jrue Holiday pledges $31,000 donation to New Orleans tornado relief efforts

T-1. Jrue Holiday’s superstar move to help New Orleans amid Hurricane Ida

T-1. Being a cool/good dad

T-1. ‘Super-champion’ Jrue Holiday caps ‘hell of a summer’ with Olympic gold medal

T-1. Jrue Holiday Earns Spot on 2023 NBA All Star Team

T-1. lol Marcus Smart

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.