The Brooklyn Nets completed the flashiest blockbuster trade in the NBA this off-season when, on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft, they agreed to a deal with the Boston Celtics that sent Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and a few other pieces to the Cs in exchange for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.
Much of the hyper surrounding the trade on the Nets’ end of the deal was obviously around Pierce and Garnett coming to Brooklyn. Though both players are past their primes, they are still capable of playing at a high level. Terry, though, felt kind of like a throw-in to the trade to help make the money work and to help Boston in their rebuilding process.
Terry, who used to be one of the best sixth men in the entire league, is coming off arguably the worst season of his career. In 79 games he averaged just 10.1 points, 2.5 assists and two boards in 26.9 minutes per game, the lowest amount of playing time since his rookie year. He did shoot 43.4 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from three, but he didn’t look like “The Jet” of old and looked more like “The Old Jet.”
On his play from last season alone, Terry feels like he’s not going to be a big part of this Brooklyn team next season. More than that, though, Terry is likely going to see a new career-low in minutes with the Nets simply because he falls relatively low in their rotation.
Unless the Nets plan to use Terry as a backup to Deron Williams, he’s likely going to be playing behind Joe Johnson. If that’s the way it goes, Johnson played 36.7 minutes per game last season and will likely play around that many in the upcoming season. Even if he backs up D-Will as well, Williams played 36.4 minutes per game last season, meaning Terry has about a maximum of 23 minutes per game that he could see the floor, which is probably on the extremely high end of the spectrum.
Like Pierce and Garnett, Terry is on the downside of his career as well. However, unlike them, he’s not going to have the opportunity to contribute to the Nets like Pierce and Garnett will. If you’re expecting the Terry that was a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate to show up in Brooklyn, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.