By: Evan Singleton
Terry Rozier is about to enter his 3rd year in the NBA. He has not done much yet, but I feel like this could be a year that he takes a big leap when it comes to his level of play.
Last season Rozier averaged 5.5 points per game. However, he averaged over 11 points per game when looking at a per 36 minute stat sheet. Do I think Rozier plays 36 minutes a game this season? No. But recognizing and becoming aware of per 36 stats can be an indicator of talent.
Rozier is most likely going to have an increased role this season. He has a tremendous relationship with Brad Steven, head coach, and has shown little flashes in the past two years.
Rozier and Smart are the second-string guards. And with Jaylen Brown most likely starting at the 2, there is reason to believe one of those guys, or both, is/are going to have to be ready at all times. Jaylen Brown may not be ready for his role, who knows...
All that said, Rozier is going to see an uptick of minutes solely because he is getting better and one of the four returning players from last year's 53-win team.
I had said it for a while prior to the Avery Bradley trade, Terry Rozier will soon be better than Bradley so ship out Avery. Which they did. Yet, they would not trade Rozier for Ibaka. That shows me that the organization believes in Rozier, as do I. He is an athletic guard, which the Celtics clearly love. He gets to the rim with ease. However, he just needs to finish at the rim. If he does that, he'll be golden. He also grabs rebounds and shows defensive potential.
I see Terry Rozier fitting into what Marcus Smart's role was last season. Maybe not as many minutes, but just as much importance.
Terry Rozier, my man, it is time to step up.