Terry looking to bounce back in BrooklynAfter strugglng with the Celtics, veteran guard feels rejuvenated with Nets
Jason "JET" Terry has been a historically effective bench player for over a decade. Originally drafted out of Arizona in the 1st round by the Hawks, Terry has played with 4 teams now including the Nets. His longest tenure was with the Dallas Mavericks where he won a championship in 2011, and played in many of his 93 career playoff games. He also won NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 with Dallas. At 6'2", 180, Terry has played mostly shooting guard and some point guard, but has spent most of his career as a sixth man. He has averaged 33 minutes and 15.7 points, as well as 4.5 assists per game. Terry, more than anything else, is a pure shooter. He has made the fourth most career three-pointers in NBA history. The 36-year old has shot 38% from beyond the arc during his career, and is also an 85% free throw shooter.
In July of 2012, Terry signed a three-year, 15$ million contract with the Celtics. But other than his rookie season, it ended up being the worst season of Jason Terry's career. In his first and only season for the Celtics, Terry played 27 minutes per game and averaged about 10 points, which was 5 less than the previous season. He still shot a good percentage from beyond the arc (37 percent) and actually started in more games (24) than he had since 2007. The Celtics made the playoffs, but lost to the Knicks in the first round and were hurt by the injury to starting point guard Rajon Rondo.
Unless Joe Johnson gets injured, Terry will be back to his sixth man duties in 2013-2014. He will only play point guard occasionally, with Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston on the roster. But Terry's role figures to be an increased version of what Keith Bogans did for the Nets last year. Shoot (and hopefully make) some three-point shots, play decent defense, and be able to spell Joe Johnson without a noticeable decrease in the team's offensive productivity. Between Terry, Pierce, and Johnson, this Nets team has three legitimate clutch shooters on one team. One would figure that Terry would be on the floor in crunch time, but who would you take out?
Especially with his increasing age, it's possible that Terry's numbers last year are the kind we are going to have to get used to. It's also possible that Terry is more comfortable coming off the bench, and that he will actually play better with less starts and more of a specific role. I expect his percentages to be good (he'll be open with all their other weapons) but his numbers won't be substantial.
I could see Jason Terry playing about 75 games (starting 5-10), averaging about 11 points and 3 assists per game.