The headlines for the Brooklyn Nets following the 2013 NBA Draft were undeniable centered around the team acquiring two of aging stars in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics. There’s no question that the acquisition of those two players immediately put the Nets in upper-tier of teams in the Eastern Conference for the 2013-2014 season.
However, one of the pieces of the deal that is often forgotten is that guard Jason Terry also came over to the Nets from Boston. Terry, who was formerly always in the race for the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award, is coming off of a season with the Celtics where he looked like a shell of his former self.
In his lone season with Boston, Terry played in 79 games, but struggled to find the effectiveness that he once regularly displayed. He averaged just 26.9 minutes per game and put up only 10.1 points, 2.5 assists and two rebounds per game while shooting a mere 43.4 percent from the floor and only 37.2 percent from three. To put it plainly, Terry looked every bit of his age at 35 years old (he turned 36 in September).
Coming to a now exceptionally deep Nets team, though, Terry is looking to find new life off of the bench. However, through the preseason he hasn’t yet gotten to show what he brings to this Brooklyn team as he’s been dealing with a knee injury. On Wednesday, though, he’ll finally get the chance to take the floor in black and white.
According to a report from Mike Mazzeo of ESPN, Terry is fully recovered from offseason knee surgery and will make his preseason debut with the Nets on Wednesday against his former team, the Celtics.
Terry isn’t going to be the player that he was with the Dallas Mavericks in Brooklyn in a number of ways. For one, he showed that his days of being that effective are probably over with how he played in Boston. Secondly, he’s not going to have that many minutes to go around in the regular season playing behind a talented frontcourt in Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.
As far as Wednesday’s preseason games go, though, we should get a good look at how Terry is looking heading into this season. He’ll almost surely have a minutes limit coming off of the injury, but with Williams presumably still being out rehabbing his ankle, that leaves plenty of minutes for Terry to see the floor. We shall see if he’s found new life in the BK or really just isn’t the same anymore.