Boston Celtics: 5 Reasons They Are Better with Jason Terry
Ray Allen is gone, but will the Boston Celtics really miss him all that much?
Sure, losing Ray Allen to the Heat makes Miami even harder to beat. However, besides that, the loss doesn't really hurt the Celtics. In fact, at this stage in both Terry's and Allen's careers, the Celtics are better off with the Jet.
Don't believe me? Here are five reasons why.
History of Injuries
It's safe to say that injuries basically ruined Ray Allen's season this year. Throughout the end of the regular season and the playoffs, he had painful bone spurs in his ankles.
He had surgery to fix them during this offseason, but that doesn't mean that the soon-to-be 37-year-old is out of the woods in terms of health.
Allen is old and now has a history of injury. Personally, I'd take a slightly younger player with little-to-no prior injuries over an older player coming off an injury-ridden season any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Terry Is a More Versatile Offensive Player
At this stage in Ray Allen's career, he is really a one-trick pony. His offense is running off screens and taking shots off the catch. Gone are the days when he could drive past defenders and finish at the rim.
On the other hand, while Terry may not be the most explosive player at the rim, he is still much better than Allen and he is more deadly shooting off the dribble as well.
Another big positive is that Terry is not solely a shooting guard like Allen. Unlike Ray, Terry can be the primary ball-handler on the floor, which will give the Celtics great lineup flexibility.
Terry Loves Coming off the Bench
Many people speculated that Ray Allen did not like coming off the bench for the Celtics and that is why he left. His replacement, on the other hand, thrives playing off the bench. In fact, if the Celtics offered him a starting job, I don't think Terry would take it.
He is just one of those players that plays their best basketball off the bench, which works perfectly for the Celtics, who start defensive menace Avery Bradley.
The former Sixth Man of the Year will immediately bolster the Celtics bench and help make it one of the best in the league. Not only that, but he will be happy doing it and will not complain about his role at all.
Terry Will Ignite Energy into the Celtics
Ray Allen's timely three-pointers would always send the Garden into a frenzy, but it would still be a stretch to call Allen an energy player that ignites energy into the crowd and his teammates.
Terry is that type of player.
Just picture how the Garden and fellow Celtics will react when Terry hits a big shot and runs up the court like a Jet. That type of impact on the momentum of the game cannot be understated. The energy of Shrek and Donkey won an NBA Finals game for the Celtics.
The question is, how many games can Terry's energy help win?
Terry Has Experience Beating the Heat and Winning Championships
Jason Terry does not shy away from the big shot or the big moment. He lives for the pressure and loves having the ball in his hand when the game is on the line.
This is the same guy that got a tattoo of the Larry O'Brien trophy before the season and then went out and backed up the ink on his arm by actually winning it all.
He knows how to win and will certainly bring that experience to a Celtics team that has a lot of players that also know how to win on the biggest stage.
It's also worth mentioning that Terry won his championship over the Heat and the Celtics will need all the help they can get to beat their Eastern Conference rivals.