Terry Rozier is currently ranked first in +/- for the 2017 NBA playoffs. It’s safe to say that the Louisville alum is feeling himself right now. In game 2 versus the Wizards, Rozier posted 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal through 25 minutes, posting a +25. Those are solid numbers for Boston coming from the bench.
Rozier of course has not been this consistent throughout the whole year. He has had his moments in the spotlight, such as this play here:
Rozier has also received a number of DNP’s this year. What is it that is happening here? How has Terry skyrocketed himself into the league leader in +/- for this postseason? Is it simply an entire regular season worth of experience, or is it something more than that?
Number 12 has played 128 minutes this post season, and has not committed a single turnover. He leads the NBA with a +/- of +94.
After the last game, here is what his head coach had to say about him.
“One of our best rebounders in this series right now is Terry Rozier, whether he’s playing at the 1, 2 or 3.”
Praise like this from your head coach is always encouraging, whether you are a ten-year veteran or a second-year young gun. What is it again that’s making Terry stand out? He is perfecting his style of play within the Boston rotation. Boston Celtics head coach, Brad Stevens, is one of the greatest coaches as far as utilizing his players to their full potential, and that is exactly what is happening with Terry Rozier.
Brad Stevens is an NBA coach who is big on analytics, so he is surely proud of that +94 stat. He has an eye for spotting where players belong, how much they should be in the game, who they should be in the game with, and what they should be focusing on.
It doesn’t just start and stop with Brad, of course Rozier has played into his own success as well. Rozier’s style of play lines up perfectly with something every team needs, an energetic scoring option off the bench who can impact all facets of the game. Right now, this young guard is paving his own path in the NBA, and in just his second year, no one will be complaining about his playoff stat lines so far.
Just today Coach Stevens was quoted, saying, “I can say without reservation, he’s never been scared.” With game 3 heading back to the Verizon Center, it will be interesting to see if this type of play is sustainable for Rozier. If he continues to produce the way he has through these last six games, it’s safe to say he will be a key piece to Boston’s playoff run. To get through the Wizards won’t be easy by any means, but having players off the bench that are clicking the way Terry is right now will provide tremendous help.