Jason Terry: Predicting the Role and Impact He'll Have with the Boston Celtics
The loss of Ray Allen still hurts, not necessarily from a talent standpoint, though, more so because he went to the rival Miami Heat.
Talent-wise, the Celtics are really better off with Ray gone. The fear of him leaving forced the Celtics' hand in signing Jason Terry, while his actual departure motivated them to acquire the younger Courtney Lee.
Both acquisitions will no doubt reap major benefits for the Celtics, particularly the signing of Jason Terry. Terry is a proven competitor and winner at the highest level.
People talk a lot about players who "aren't afraid of the big moment or shot." Oftentimes, this phrase is overused or bestowed upon unworthy players. In Jason Terry's case, though, the statement is 100 percent accurate.
Take his famous shot over LeBron James in the NBA Finals for example. Really, that wasn't a great shot. I'm sure it's not what Rick Carlisle drew up, but sometimes, the best play can be to put the ball into your most fearless player's hands and let them do what they do best.
That's exactly what happened on this play, and the result was Jason Terry fearlessly launching a 30-footer over one of the best perimeter defenders ever in LeBron James. And just as any director would script it, the shot hit nothing but net.
That, my friends, is the audacity of Jason Terry. He may be undersized and he may not be as explosive at age 34, but he still has that competitive swagger and boldness on the court. When he and Kevin Garnett are on the floor together, the competitive juices will be flowing at an all-time high.
When he and Rajon Rondo are on the floor together, the confidence will be through the roof.
Most importantly, though, when he is on the floor, the Celtics will have the bold bench scorer they have been seeking for a long time now. Really, the Celtics haven't had a great sixth man since Kevin McHale and Bill Walton combined for three straight Sixth Man of the Year Awards from 1983-1986.
Now, over 20 years later, the Celtics again have a player that can compete for this award. Terry won't win it, at least not as long as James Harden continues to come off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder. What's more is that Terry won't even score as much next season as the sixth man for the Celtics.
There simply isn't enough shots for him to score 15 points a game. That being said, the Celtics don't need him to score 15 points a game or be the best sixth man in the league. Some nights they will and he will step up, but for the most part, they will just need Terry to swing games with his fearlessness and timely bench scoring.
Terry can do this. It's in his blood. He's been doing it for 13 seasons and it has earned him a championship along the way. Now all he needs to do is continue doing what he does best for one more year and he could walk away with yet another ring.
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