The signing of Jason Terry was clearly a move by Milwaukee to acquire a veteran presence off the bench. Now 39-years-old, Terry is not the 20 point per game player he used to be. Although still effective as a three-point shooter (35.6 percent last season), he does not possess the quickness that gave him the nickname “The Jet.”
Still, The Jet is not yet out of gas and could easily see 10-15 minutes for the Bucks this season. With nearly 70 percent of his shots being taken behind the arc, Terry should have no trouble spacing the floor for Milwaukee’s penetrating ball handlers Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The key strength in Terry’s game is his ability to be a leader. With Khris Middleton out for much of this season, Terry will need to be an influential mentor for the two young guards on the roster. Rashad Vaughn and Malcolm Brogdon do not have much experience with the NBA game, and the impact of Terry on them should be evident while they are on the floor.
When Terry is on the floor, however, he is still a respectable shooter. At 35.6 percent from deep, teams have to account for Terry at all times. Over 90 percent of his threes were off of assists last season while attempting over 40 percent of them from the corner, so you can expect him to spot up there often.
Obviously, Terry’s age affects his production in several ways. For instance, his defensive game has slipped in recent seasons as his athleticism has waned. Also, he cannot be expected to play high volume minutes.
He can play up to about 20 minutes per game, but any more than that and his efficiency will definitely see a decrease. With several other guards on the roster, Terry should be able to get about 15 minutes a night, which would be right in his wheelhouse.