Does it make sense for the Boston Celtics to start Jason Terry? With Avery Bradley out for potentially two months to start the season, someone is going to have to start at shooting guard. I think most, including myself, figured Courtney Lee would fill the role either during Bradley’s absence, or for the whole season all together. I don’t think anyone figured Terry would start at shooting guard, simply because he has carved out a great niche as a high scoring 6th man.
Terry is instant offense off the bench and it is something the Celtics have desperately needed for quite some time. By starting him with the first unit, the team would no longer get that same punch in a rotation that could include Darko Milcic or possibly Dionte Christmas. The starting unit will score enough to win, no questions asked, so for head coach Doc Rivers to start Terry really doesn’t make much sense, at least to me.
Terry has made a nice living coming off the bench. Lee helps balance the first unit because he provides similar skills to what Bradley gives the team. He is a few notches below Bradley as a defender, which is no disrespect as Bradley very well could be the best perimeter defender in the NBA. Their offensive games are both very similar; drive and attack the glass and hit the corner three pointer. Personally, it wouldn’t be a question to start Lee and keep Terry in the second unit. I am not former NBA alum, nor a World Championship winning coach, so what do I know.
This is a good problem for the Celtics to have. A few years ago they were patching their playoff rotation together with the likes of Sam Cassell and Stephon Marbury. The Celtics will be fine either way, but I think the better fit would be for Terry to stay where he is and input Lee into the first unit on a regular basis.
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