By: Evan Singleton
Whoa Evan, slow down... That is probably what you thought just after reading that headline. While I agree there is plenty of reason out there regarding why this won't happen, let me at least tell you why I think Terry Rozier could actually shine this season.
Before you jump down my throat, let's state what a "breakout season" would mean for Rozier. I will it means Rozier averages double-digit points per game, that is it. No assists involved, no rebounds. Rozier is a guy that can get to the basket. In order to consider him having a breakout season, that is what he'll need to do efficiently. Score.
Rozier has been in the league for 2 years. He averaged 4ppg in 2015-16, and averaged 5.5ppg this past 2016-17 season. So what makes me think he will double that and average at least 10ppg in 2017-18?
Well it is simple really. Rozier is going to have a larger role this season. He played about 15 minutes per game last year, and that was with Avery Bradley on the team. Now, the Celtics have shipped out Bradley and brought in a forward in his place. So how can you say he won't play more? You really can't...
Per 100 possessions, Terry Rozier averaged nearly 17 points. That ain't to shabby. I am not claiming 17 points per 100 pos means you're the second coming, but it is proof of being able to score. Marcus Smart averaged 10.6ppg last season. The season before that, he averaged 16 points per 100 pos. His role went up, and he achieved a double-digit points per game total. Very similar to Rozier... with the role increasing.
That being said Rozier is a better scorer than Smart already. Better player? No, not yet... but better at getting to the rack? Yes. Smart has almost deleted driving from his arsenal (where is OSU M. Smart go?).
Let me also say this... and it might be my biggest argument. Rozier gets to the hoop so well already. He just misses layups. That is not based on stats, it is based on the eyeball test. He just does it. Great move, powerful drive, gets to the rim, missed layup. It happens all the time. His FG% was at about 35% last season. If he could just get it up to 40% I think that he'd creep in on a double-digit points per game number.
I do believe Rozier is going to shine this season. I AM NOT CLAIMING HE WILL WIN THE MVP, just keep that in mind. Claiming a guy will drop 10ppg is not groundbreaking...
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