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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 21:03

Report Card: Jason Terry

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With the season over and the draft still more than a month away, we're taking a look back and assessing the season that was. That's right - it's report card time! Third in the series - Jason Terry. 

Jason Terry

2012-13 averages: 10.1 ppg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 rpg, 26.9 mpg, 43.4 FG%, 37.2 3PT%, 87.0%

Yikes. Jet was brought in to replace Ray Allen’s perimeter shooting and provide scoring off the bench. Given Terry’s ability to create his own shot, it was widely believed that he might actually be an upgrade over Allen, whose open looks came almost exclusively off double and even triple screens. Terry’s ability to create his own opportunities would take pressure off Rondo, and more importantly, off the backup point guards and open up the Celtic offense.

It all made such great sense on paper.

But then the season started and the former Sixth Man of The Year, forced to make 24 starts due to the Celtics’ rash of injuries, never really settled into his bench role. Given that Terry averaged about four fewer minutes per game (26.9 vs. 31.7) than in 2011-12, it’s no surprise his scoring dropped, but even his per-36-minute averages demonstrated a marked drop in productivity. Simply put, he didn’t shoot as much. While his shooting percentages remained steady, he averaged four fewer field goal attempts (11.0 vs. 14.9) and one fewer three-point attempt (5.6 vs. 6.6) per 36 minutes. The drop in shot attempts was not the result of him assuming more of a playmaking role however, as Terry also posted a career-low 3.4 assists per 36 minutes.

Like the Celtics team as a whole, Terry had his moments during the season but undoubtedly his best performance came in the playoffs when he hit 7-of-10 shots for 18 points and four assists in the C’s Game 4 victory over the Knicks.

Terry posted 17 points the following game, including five 3-pointers to help the Celtics claw back into the series.

Stats

The advanced metrics raise quite the conundrum regarding Terry. While Terry himself admitted he was not playing nearly as well as he was expected to, four of the Celtics’ top five lineups in terms of +/- included Jet. In all, the Celtics outscored opponents by 60 points with Terry on the floor, and were outscored by opponents by 78 points with him on the bench.

Grade: D+

Now what?

Terry is under contract for two more seasons at $5.25 and $5.45 million respectively. Whether Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce return will likely determine Jet’s future with the team. At 36 years old, the Celtics would probably look to trade him if they opt to rebuild, but if they bring back Garnett and Pierce, then Terry could certainly be back as well. He was not good this past season, but another offseason to incorporate his skill set and define his role could make for a different story next year. 

Agree? Disagree? Think I'm an idiot? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Jonathan Lemons

Jonathan Lemons writes and reports about sports.

He has worked for WEEI.com, 98.5 The Sports Hub, WickedLocal.com, WTBU Sports, and a number of newspapers, including the Allston/Brighton Tab and the Dedham Daily News Transcript. 

Jonathan recently received his Master's degree in Sports Journalism from Boston University. He is also an accomplished Monopoly player and enjoys apples.

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