It should come as a surprise to no one that Terry Rozier comes ranked in at No.82 on ESPN's Top 100 players list after the season he just had with the Boston Celtics. Rozier had shown glimpses of what he could become in the 2016-17 season, probing Danny Ainge to not explore trading him in the offseason that summer.
Rozier exploded last season as Kyrie Irving's injuries kept him sidelined some nights leading into the All-Star point guard's eventual knee surgery that kept him out for the remainder of the season.
“Scary Terry” very much so came alive in the opening round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks as he got well accustomed to his starting role. He lived up to many expectations while earning the respect of fellow players around the league including Eric Bledsoe, whom he had the joy of getting his respect after a few choice words following a post-game interview.
Aside from Lebron James, Rozier notched more clutch points than any other player in the postseason and made more 3-pointers as well. Coming off a season averaging 15.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, many assumed he would be a dark horse for the Most Improved Player award, where he fell short to the talents of Victor Oladipo and Clint Capela, both of whom blossomed with more minutes, night in and night out.
As Irving gears up to retain his starting role for the upcoming season, many are still both curious and excited to see how high Rozier's ceiling can go given the right opportunities again this season.