When the Boston Celtics signed former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry back in July, Celtics Nation let out a collective sigh of relief. The one-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year was a welcome addition to a team that has struggled mightily to find consistent offensive production off the bench in recent seasons.
It's been a long time since this team has had a true scorer on its second unit—someone who can shoulder the offensive load and consistently carry a lineup for stretches at a time.
Even when the Celtics won their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, their bench operated more by committee. With solid rotation players James Posey, Eddie House, Glen Davis, Leon Powe, P.J. Brown and Sam Cassell duking it out against opposing teams and putting together some spectacular performances.
That was a great group of guys that GM Danny Ainge was able to cobble together, especially since the contracts of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen didn't allow much in the way of cap space to go after another top-shelf talent to fill the role of sixth man.
But the Celtics teams of old seemingly always had a major player coming off the pine. Terry, who will certainly be supplying his new team with plenty of offensive firepower and energy this upcoming season, could be in extraordinary company if he helps raise banner No. 18.