|No. 16 overall pick Terry Rozier averaged 12 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in Salt Lake City Summer League.|
It's obvious Rozier has little (if any) doubt about his potential, and it appears his teammates are buying in as well. Smart hasn't hesitated professing his fandom for Rozier, and now Amir Johnson has joined the club. Via Jay King of MassLive.com:
One day after the Boston Celtics' first two-a-day session, Amir Johnson fielded a question about whether any of his young teammates had stood out. With hardly any hesitation, the veteran named rookie Terry Rozier.
"Terry," Johnson replied. "Terry's incredibly quick and athletic. Works hard. Unbelievable player. The rest of the young guys are the same way. They're high-energy, and it gets everybody going."
David Lee can also be added to the list of Rozier fan club subscribers:
Saying that he likes a lot of the Celtics guards, David Lee mentions Terry Rozier may earn minutes "because he's rocket fast."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 25, 2015
I love Rozier's confidence, and the fact that his teammates are excited about him makes it even better. The rookie guard has shown some glimpses of potential with his speed and defensive abilities in summer league that justify excitement, but there's a long way to go for improvement and getting acclimated to the NBA.
Danny Ainge was criticized a bit when he reached for the Louisville product at No. 16 overall, but if Rozier's confidence and work ethic yield results on the court, Ainge may look like a genius. Whether it's on the parquet floor or perhaps with the Red Claws, Ainge and Celtics fans hope for signs of the latter.
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