Brooklyn Nets' Jason Terry Must Step Up Or Be Shipped Out

By Mark Wilson
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Terry is not the player the Brooklyn Nets thought they were getting in the trade with the Boston Celtics. They have a tough decision to make regarding the once-prominent sniper as the trade deadline approaches. He was supposed to be the leader of the second unit, but has struggled to find his shot this season. Maybe he is waiting for the playoffs, but if he keeps sleepwalking through the regular season the way he is now, he might find himself in another uniform soon.

Terry is way past his glory days where he could blow past a defender and get to the rim for a soft floater or a rim-rattling dunk. He is no longer the stout defender that could harass opposing point guards into making eight-second violations. He is now confined to a much lesser role with the Nets, and that has to be frustrating for him, his coach and his teammates.

He has to find a way to contribute and earn his keep, or he will continue to lose playing time. With the addition of Marquis Teague, the Nets may already be looking into other options if Terry continues to struggle on the court. With Joe Johnson playing the way he has been lately and the surprise emergence of Shaun Livingston, there is little rotation time for Terry. He seems hesitant to shoot and looks lost on defense while on the court.

Is Terry a backup point guard? Is he a backup shooting guard, or is he just another player who used to be good who will ride out his career on the bench until his number is called to bail his team out in a playoff game? Fans are always told to never give up on a championship player, but it seems that he has given up on himself already.

Maybe Terry needs to sit down with his old teammate Jason Kidd and figure where he stands with this team. The Nets need him to be the jet, not a cheerleader on the bench.

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