We’re profiling every player on the Celtics roster before the season begins. Today it’s Jason Terry.
6-feet-2-inches, 176 pounds, 35-years-old
2012/13 salary: $5 million
Strengths: Terry is instant offense off the bench (15.1 points in a reserve role for the Mavericks last season). More than that, he can run an offense as a backup, which is something the Celtics haven’t had in a while. With the ball in his hands, Terry makes things happen. Experience and confidence are also strengths. Terry has been here for five minutes and has already established himself as one of the team’s leaders.
Room to improve: It will be interesting to see whether or not Terry can fill Ray Allen’s role at the end of games. While he should be a dynamite backup to Rondo, Terry’s real value could be as a closer. Allen was the perfect complement to Rondo in that he didn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective. Will Terry be able to run off screens and knock down the open 3-pointer in the clutch?
Projections for 2012/13: 77 games, 12.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists
Outlook:Terry has endeared himself to Celtics fans. He’s taken shots at Miami and the Lakers, and he got a tattoo of Lucky the Leprechaun before he even stepped foot into the Celtics practice facility. He’s all in. But the question remains as to whether he can be as effective as Allen in the role Allen played so well since 2007. It’s one thing to dismiss Allen because he signed with the enemy. It’s another to objectively look at Terry and figure out just how he fits in.