Since the beginning of summer league, Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier has created opportunities, made shots and provided steady evidence he’s ready for an important second-unit role.
After a largely quiet rookie season, Rozier’s quick improvements have eased concerns about filling Evan Turner’s playmaking and impressed a lot of people, including Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
“Terry has been I think by far the biggest surprise of training camp, and I would say the entire summer,” Ainge said before practice Friday afternoon. “He’s really been the bright spot in summer league, and then after summer league he’s just continued to improve even more, playing the same way he did in summer league against NBA teams and NBA players and NBA practices. Terry has been a very bright spot for us so far. I think he’s going to have a really good year this year.”
Just a few months ago, Rozier collected some playoff minutes, but looked hesitant, unsure, and largely unaware of where he could impact a game. He rebounded well, sure, and didn’t screw up too often defensively, but rarely ever looked to call his own number. What has changed since?
“It seems like he’s just not scared out there anymore,” said teammate Amir Johnson.