Charlotte Hornets: What Terry Rozier brings to the table

Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Terry Rozier. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /

With the addition of Terry Rozier, the Charlotte Hornets have a guard who can do almost everything on both ends of the court.

The Charlotte Hornets had a tough choice to make on Sunday as Free Agency started. The Hornets were able to sign another point guard, while their star player Kemba Walker left to join the Boston Celtics.

On Sunday, the Hornets ended up signing Terry Rozier to a 3-year $58 million contract. He is a player who has backed up some good guards in Boston. With this experience that he gained in Boston, he is likely going to be the new starter for the Hornets.

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After having a stellar 2017-18 season, he had a down year last season. During last season he averaged 9 points, 2.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game for the Celtics.

Between the last two seasons, Rozier has only started in a total of thirty games. Out of all those games, Rozier managed to average 14.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game.

He has not got the chance to become a full-time starter, but during the 2018 playoffs, he started in every game that he played in. After 19 starts in the playoffs that year, Rozier averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game.

It’s no secret that Rozier has shown signs of greatness at times, but his intensive play earned him the nickname “Scary Terry.” Rozier is a player who can do almost everything on both sides of the court.

Rozier has the ability to finish nicely at the rim, while also being able to throw down an occasional dunk. Rozier is a smaller guard who stands at 6’1, but this does not stop him from driving the lane for a layup.

Rozier has proven to be a nice spot-up shooter who can shoot the three-ball efficiently. During last season, Rozier was able to knock down 119 threes, while also managing to shoot 35% from beyond the arc.

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While his offensive abilities are impressive, his defensive abilities can be added to his resume too. Rozier has been able to rack up steals consistently, and he has proven that he’s not a player who takes any plays off when on the court.

Rozier also brings a robust winning mentality to the Hornets. For his entire career, Rozier has gone to the playoffs and played in them every year; he even got some playing time as a rookie. Rozier was a part of a team that consistently won games.

His experience backing up Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving must have been good for him. Since he played behind some great point guards, Rozier never got the chance to show what he can do as a consistent starter.

As a fan who is upset over Walker leaving, I must be optimistic about getting a veteran guard who knows how to win. Since he is joining Charlotte, this will be the first time that he can potentially be a full-time starter, despite the imminent rebuild.

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I am excited about the veteran leadership that he brings, and I hope it rubs off on Charlotte’s younger players. Based off of Rozier’s tweet after signing with Charlotte, it’s no secret that he’s ready to start buzzing in the Queen City.