Breaking Down Why Jason Terry-Courtney Lee Is an Upgrade over Ray Allen

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IAugust 14, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 30:  Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks drives on Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 102-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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The new-look Boston Celtics are not only a contender in the upcoming 2012-13 season, they have to be one of the outright favorites to take an NBA championship.

They lost Ray Allen via free agency to the Miami Heat, but they stepped up the SG rotation exponentially by adding both Jason Terry and Courtney Lee. These two younger and proven guards in the league are a fresh change in Boston that fans must appreciate.

For the countless fantastic performances and clutch shooting, Ray Allen will forever be remembered in Beantown. The work ethic this player puts out on the floor demands the respect of the entire league.

However, as a team, this change was especially beneficial and gave Boston a multitude of advantages going forward.  A Terry-Lee and Avery Bradley combo will go a much longer way the Bradley and Allen duo would have.

These are the three key reasons why this move is a definite upgrade for Boston.

A Healthier Rotation

Avery Bradley and Ray Allen missed too many games last season and in the playoffs to give these Boston Celtics a chance at winning an NBA Championship.

This is exactly why the acquisitions of Jason Terry and Courtney Lee are the answer in this regard.

Allen and Bradley missed a combined to miss 34 games last season, with Bradley missing 12 and Allen 22. Allen missed most of his games to close out the season, while Bradley was down and out early on in the postseason.

Terry and Lee played 121 of the possible 132 games this past regular season—Terry with the Dallas Mavericks and Lee with the Houston Rockets. These guys are two talents that stay relatively healthy, and a team like the Celtics, who will be top contenders for a title, need these two healthy.

Allen struggled to get his jump shot back after coming back from a tough ankle injury, and Bradley was out for the entire postseason. A repeat of the 2012 playoffs is not what this team needs next season.

Boston Loading Up With a Plethora of Scoring Talent 

Ray Allen may go down as the best three-point shooter in NBA history, but the combination of Terry and Lee's talents with the fact that Allen's scoring is diminishing makes this move a major upgrade.

Not to mention, the versatility that both Lee and Terry bring to the table is especially impressive.

Lee is a slasher that can take the ball to the bucket regularly, while Terry can create his shot more easily. The other great thing about Terry is that he can shoot the three, drive the basketball and pull up from midrange. He is as clutch as they come and will be a major asset for the Celtics this coming season.

The two were especially solid last year when it came to production as well. Lee shot 43.3 percent and averaged 11.4 points and 30.3 minutes per game. Terry's play was superb too, scoring 15.1 points on 31.7 minutes per game and shot 43 percent. The 15.1 points were fourth in the league for players coming off the bench.

Talk about some impressive figures.

These two will be able to confuse defenses and ultimately keep a team on their heels defensively. Bradley is one of the better defensive players in the league for these Celtics, but offensively there certainly needed to be more depth added—and that's exactly what Terry and Lee bring.

Jason Terry Brings A Championship Swagger to Beantown

Remember that tattoo of the NBA championship trophy Terry got prior to winning his only NBA title?

He has done it again. Terry went out and got a tattoo of the Boston Celtics logo and the NBA trophy and shared it with his fans via Twitter. 

Go GREEN mob.li/_nI26Q

— Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) August 11, 2012

If one thing is for sure, Jason Terry knows how to win an NBA championship and is as determined a player to grab another this season as any star in the league.

His 2011 title with the Dallas Mavericks was one the team took in style, after Terry had constantly stepped up to the plate and called out the Miami Heat. But the great part about it is he was able to back that up with a ring as the underdog team, the team that was not supposed to take down LeBron James and the Heat.

The Celtics have been knocked out of the postseason by these Heat for the last two seasons. It will take this experience Terry boasts against this Miami team to help Boston get over the hump.

Having this player on the floor in crunch time is certainly what has to have Rivers feeling content. He joins Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo—three other veterans who know how to win a title. And come postseason time, this will become all the more integral that Terry shine bright when the team needs it most and could ultimately be the key to an 18th NBA championship.


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