Friday, August 23, 2013

Player Introduction: Jason Terry

Jason Terry was drafted 10th overall by the Atlanta Hawks back in the 1999 NBA Draft. Since entering the league, Terry has held a role as his teams sixth man. He admits that he can be a starter on many teams in the league, but he enjoys being the first man off the bench to help lead the second unit.

Terry spent the majority of his career with the Dallas Mavericks, and also won his only NBA Championship with them. When he signed with the Boston Celtics, his role changed a bit. He became less of an option within the offense as his shooting struggles and inconsistency continued. He averaged just 10.1 points per game while shooting 43% from the field and 37% from the three point line in 26.9 minutes per game.

In his career, Terry is a proven scorer averaging 15.7 points, while also dishing out 4.5 assists per game. He shoots the ball at 44.7% from the field and 37.9% from three point. Though he isn't that great of a defender, he isn't a scrub on that end either. He averages a respectable 1.3 steals per game in his career, mostly off the bench.

With the Nets, Terry now becomes the new sixth man. He seems extremely excited to be playing for his former Dallas teammate, Jason Kidd, who was hired as the new head coach after retiring from playing just this offseason.

He admitted that he had his struggles with the Celtics, but now being in Brooklyn on a championship-caliber team, he knows he will not disappoint. Playing in New York with his best friend as his coach will light a spark in him and he plans to be back to his sixth-man of the year form, as he was back in 2008-2009 when he won the award.

The thing the Nets lacked last year mostly was leadership. With the blockbuster trade, Brooklyn added three huge leaders in Garnett, Pierce, and Terry. Terry, now a 35 (soon to be 36) year old veteran, will serve as the Nets' leader on the bench. With guys like Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche, and Shaun Livingston coming off the bench with him, it's hard to see Terry not succeeding at doing his job.

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