He didn't play steady minutes until early March, but rookie Terry Rozier still showed something in the last month and a half of the season, and was a pleasant surprise in the playoffs. His numbers don't jump off the stat sheet, but he certainly does a lot of the little things that remind you of old friend Rajon Rondo. Rozier's best game of the season was when he cleaned the glass for seven boards, while adding six points and three assists in a win against the Lakers at the Staples Center.
Those type of efforts should be expected next season from Rozier, who could handle the point guard duties on the second unit if the C's don't hang on to Evan Turner and if the team moves Marcus Smart in a blockbuster deal. When it comes to the future the 22-year-old is saying all the right things:
Terry Rozier: "Next year I think I can take on a bigger role."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 29, 2016
#Celtics rookie Terry Rozier said he will be in Boston much of this offseason: They are going to see my growth over this summer.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) April 29, 2016
He also is setting a goal to become a better rebounder at the guard position:
.@celtics Terry Rozier has set averaging 5 or 6 rebounds per game as a goal next season. #Celticstalk— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) April 29, 2016
The rebounding ability and work ethic aren't a question with Rozier, his biggest need for growth is his shooting ability. Rozier shot 28 percent from the field in 39 appearances this season. So making shots is priority number one this offseason for the ex-Louisville Cardinal:
#Celtics rookie Terry Rozier said twice a main goal this summer will be to become a more consistent outside shooter.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) April 29, 2016
All this talk is great right now, but Rozier needs to practice what he preaches, and it starts in the summer league. With an added chip on his shoulder, to prove he is ready for more minutes, Rozier has to show Celtics' management he means business going into his sophomore campaign.
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