While Ray Allen’s decision to “take his talents to south beach” has left a somewhat bitter taste in the mouths of Boston Celtics fans, the arrival of Jason Terry has certainly helped alleviate some of the pain. After spending the last eight seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Terry agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Boston. While he will be 35 at the start of Training Camp, there are plenty of reasons to believe Terry will be a significant contributor to the Celtics this season.
Injuries plagued the Celtics last year, with the Big Four combining to miss 44 games—Pierce (5), Garnett (6), Rondo (13), Allen (20). Jason Terry is incredibly durable, having missed just 25 regular season games in his entire 13-year career.
With the timetable for Avery Bradley’s rehab from shoulder surgery still uncertain, it’s quite possible that Jason Terry will begin the season in the starting lineup.
His versatility will also be a valuable asset to the Celtics, as he can play both guard positions. This is good news for Rajon Rondo, who averaged a whopping 36.9 minutes per game last year.
With the recent departure of the team’s elite three-point shooter Ray Allen, as well as Mickael Pietrus’ venture into free agency, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge desperately searched for a perimeter shooter who could stretch the floor. Not bad, considering he landed one of the most prolific three-point shooters in NBA history.
Overall, Terry will add to a very deep Celtics bench which already includes players such as Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Keyon Dooling, and Summer League standout Jared Sullinger.
The Celtics are an aging team, and the acquisition of Jason Terry certainly does not make them any younger.
However, Terry’s style of play is well suited to the Celtics offense, which relies on several pick and rolls and off-ball screens.
He will also be a fit among the veterans such as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce who, along with the younger Rajon Rondo, will be faced with the task of molding players such as Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo.
Jason Terry understands what it takes to win an NBA championship, having accomplished the goal with the Dallas Mavericks two years ago. His skills and intangibles will only benefit a team that got within one win of the NBA Finals last season. With his help off the bench, as well as the resurgent play of the teams’ grizzled superstars, it’s hard not to imagine the Celtics making another deep run in the playoffs next year.
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