Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??
Written by Francis S Estepan. April 20th, 2018.
As humans we are always looking for the next big thing. In the NBA Who will be the next MJ? Kobe? Shaq? LeBron James is still playing the game and already we are looking for who is going to one-up him? Ben Simmons? Giannis? So here is a nonsense theory for case for Terry Rozier v James Harden.
Rozier currently holding the starting position for the Boston Celtics as they faced Milwaukee Bucks. Rozier is a 6-2 lengthy sophomore guard that seems to shine whenever Brad Stevens calls his name (or Kyrie Irving is missing more time). When looking at his numbers the first thing that comes to mind is how his numbers for the season are so low. Now look at his post season numbers and you can see a different monster giving the minutes and the shots.
Be mindful that last year he was a ball dominant guard Isaiah Thomas and this year another one in Kyrie Irving. 17-18 Playoff comes his number has officially been called and he is producing at an unbelievable rate 23 Ppg, 5.5 Ast, 3.5 Rebounds while taking care of the ball. His minutes have double from the years before and he doesn’t seem to be letting fatigue slow him down.
James Harden was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and didn’t get his first start tilt his sophomore year. Fast forward some years he is the face of the Houston Rockets, making the Thunder look like they gave up gold for beach sand. Looking at the playoff numbers Harden 3rd season was where he came alive in the playoffs. (Rozier is on his 3rd year, look back at his numbers).
Rozier had a triple double in his first NBA start, that may have been a sign, some may have seen as a fluke. Brad Stevens didn’t seem too worry with Kyrie latest injury, he seem to have been prepare with an insurance policy that came with the Terry Rozier premium. The postseason is where players are made or broken? Where players earn their statuses for years to come? Vintage Rondo, Father time/Wade, Manu Ginobili.
Harden and Rozier ability to score when the stage is big could be what draws them closer in comparison. Put the numbers aside and you can find the similarity in their situations. Could it have been guaranteed that Harden would have become as dominant alongside Westbrook and Durant? Have we seen what Rozier is fully capable off?
Right now Terry Rozier is no James Harden. Should teams start throwing money bags at him, that’s above my pay grade. No team is going to sit a Kyrie Irving for a Terry Rozier. But not all teams have a Kyrie or a Harden. If Rozier talent is truly there, he shouldn’t let it go to waste being a backup. Teams in the NBA are always looking to build a solid foundation. It worked out well for Houston.
Do you think Terry Rozier the next James Harden??
(Side note: Bledsoe comments regarding not knowing who Rozier is. Any player that hits a clutch shot, has a great game against you or is between you and the next round? You know who he is. If Jrue Holiday remembers how hard Rajon Rondo plays in the playoffs from a series years ago, am sure Bledsoe remembers put him on wheels than a week ago) #BledsoeSalty