Experience and leadership are still valuable traits in the NBA. According to Fox Sports, the Milwaukee Bucks are signing Jason Terry to a contract. The veteran shooting guard will be asked to provide guidance for a young roster filled with extremely talented players who need to learn how to put everything together.
Jason Terry is 38-years-old. He has been in the NBA since being chosen with the tenth overall selection by the Atlanta Hawks in 1999. Since then, Terry has played in 1,285 regular season games in the NBA. The Washington native also has 115 playoffs game on his long and illustrious resume.
More importantly, Jason Terry is a champion. In 2011, he helped Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks win their first ever NBA title. That season, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound combination guard played in all 82 games. Terry even filled in as a starter for 10 games. He wasn’t just sitting at the end of the bench.
With the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Terry will more than likely spend a lot of time sitting on the bench. According to Roster Resource, Michael Carter Williams is expected to be the starting point guard. Though he has plenty of issues, Carter Williams is a superior defender.
Over the summer, the Milwaukee Bucks acquired Matthew Dellavedova, as reported by CBS Sports. With the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard receiving approximately $38.5 million, the front office is going to want head coach Jason Kidd to put Dellavedova on the court. Kidd himself already wants Dellavedova on the floor because of his energetic playing style.
Jason Terry can also play the shooting guard position, but the Milwaukee Bucks already have Khris Middleton there. The 25-year-old is considered one of the foundation pieces. At 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, Middleton can also be moved up to the small forward position, so Terry might get some minutes that way.
Tyler Ennis is another player that will factor in the back court playing time. He is just 22-years-old, so management believes that Ennis can be developed into a long-term solution for the Milwaukee Bucks. Many will feel that it is better to give the minutes to Ennis instead of Jason Terry.
A lot of veteran players like to chase an NBA Championship towards the tail end of their careers. Jason Terry could have done that because he can still provide outside shooting. The Milwaukee Bucks are heading upwards, but they are still a couple of years away.
At this stage, Jason Terry just wants to feel wanted by an NBA team. He wants to help build something special. Once all the young and athletic players start to mesh, then the Milwaukee Bucks are really going to be a force. Terry might not be around when that happens, but he can feel good knowing that he helped to build it.
The opportunity to play with Giannis Antetokounmpo might have also appealed to Jason Terry. The two of them are very good fits for one another. Terry can space the floor while the 6-foot-11, 215-pound star can do his magic as the tallest point guard in the NBA.
Jason Terry also has a relationship with Jason Kidd. He was teammates with his new head coach. The two of them worked together to help Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks win an NBA Championship, the first and currently only one in franchise history. Terry can also start his training to become a coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks signing Jason Terry is not one of the biggest headlines in free agency, but the transaction might actually be one of the more useful ones in the NBA.
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