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Three Bs: Jason Terry

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Welcome to Brew Hoop’s entirely subjective and emotionally-driven 2017-18 Milwaukee Bucks season player evaluations. For this series, we wanted to look at each current Buck and ask three questions: what they do that helps (Boon), what they do that hurts (Bane), and whether they ought to be on this team (Belonging).

I had a cool logo featuring a trio of Bs, but got a “cease and desist” notice from a lawyer wearing $200 flip flops. Oh well. Today, we’re looking at Jason Terry, the veteran shooting guard and occasional master of ceremonies.

Season Stats (per 36 minutes – rank at position)

  • Points/36: 7.3 (101st among shooting guards)
  • Steals/36: 1.9 (8th among shooting guards, 27th overall)
  • 3PA/36: 5.1 (65th among shooting guards)
  • 3Pt%: 0.348 (61st among shooting guards)

Terry’s Boon: Ideal Playing Style

When I hear the phrase “play the right way,” I usually greet it with this masterpiece. However, I’ll make an exception for JET, as he may be the ideal shooting guard for this Bucks roster (in terms of style). He moves with purpose, understands where to be (on both ends of the floor), can shoot with the best of them, and even has a flair for the dramatic. He doesn’t (read: shouldn’t) play many minutes, but Terry often has a positive influence when he does take the court.

Terry’s Bane: Guys, He’s 40.

It’s honestly baffling that Terry is still able to play effectively in the NBA at this point. 40 isn’t old by normal standards, but in professional sports it’s rare, particularly in a game as lively as basketball. He says that he’s going to come back, which is great for him. But...

Does Terry Belong?

THE MAN IS FORTY YEARS OLD. It is unreasonable to expect that he will play at his current level any longer, although his mentorship of the Bucks’ younger players is probably valuable. This interview with Telly Hughes after the Bucks beat Toronto shows how well-spoken and collected Terry is, and if the team wants to use a roster spot on a bona fide leader (while paying the veteran minimum), I’ll have no argument with it. Still, relying on Terry for on-court contributions will continue to be a dicey proposal, no matter how much fuel JET claims to have left.