The Charlotte Hornets may have lost Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics, but they got a decent player in return in young point guard Terry Rozier. General manager Mitch Kupchak is excited to see what’s in store for the 25-year-old, whom he believes would’ve become a lottery pick if he was drafted this year instead of 2015.
“We feel like if he was in the draft this year, Terry Rozier would have been a lottery pick.” – Mitch Kupchak
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 7, 2019
The Celtics selected Rozier 16th overall four years ago and he showed constant improvement during his time with the team. He had a great 2016-17 season, the year that he helped the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference Finals. At that point, everybody thought that he was going to be the team’s future point guard.
But when Kyrie Irving returned from injury, Rozier had to take a step back, which he was willing to do at first, but when the Celtics were not winning under the leadership of the All-Star guard, that’s when frustrations started to mount.
The Celtics concluded last season with a second round exit.
Rozier then made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, where he admitted that it wasn’t easy for him to take a lesser role last season. He even went as far as saying that he was the one who sacrificed the most for the benefit of the team, and that he wouldn’t return if the Celtics will bring back Irving.
Well, the Celtics lost Irving to the Brooklyn Nets, but they didn’t choose Rozier as his replacement. Instead, they went after Kemba Walker, and Rozier ended up with the Hornets.
As disappointing as the last few seasons have been, Rozier will have a fresh start in Charlotte, and if he truly believe that he can be one of the best point guards in the NBA, then it’s time for him to prove himself next season.