I am going on record and saying I am the biggest Terry Rozier fan of the Charlotte Hornets fan base. That being said, I am hyped to see Rozier as a member of purple and teal.
Rozier was brought to Charlotte via a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics this offseason. The Hornets signed Rozier to a three year $58 million deal.
Rozier was drafted in 2016 by the Celtics out of Louisville. His breakout came during the 2017-2018 season when he helped lead the Hospital Celtics to a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the Hospital Celtics season (basically, everyone was hurt) Rozier started 37 games. In his first ever NBA start Rozier recorded a triple-double. I’d argue that’s pretty good, if you’re into that sort of thing.
However, I’m going to focus on the playoff run where he started 19 consecutive games because those are 19 games against good teams where the competition is ramped up due to the postseason, and not some random game in December. During the 2018 Playoffs, Rozier had a stat line of 16.5 ppg / 5.3 rpg / 5.7 apg. He shot 40% from the floor and 34% from three, both of which aren’t great. Stats aside, Rozier has a charisma on the floor that transforms the game. Everything just looks smooth and you can see how he was a big part in Boston’s deep playoff run.
My favorite analogy for Rozier’s game is that he plays like a water bug. He plays extremely quick and glides across the court. His athleticism shines in the open floor. He’s also a willing passer and a highlight reel playmaker. Rozier is great with the ball in his hand. There have been multiple times through the preseason where he breaks down a defender with a couple of dribbles then either pulls up or gets to the rim for two. It’s art, truly.
Simply put, Rozier does it all. He might not be the most effective shooter, but he’s definitely able to score at will. I mentioned his passing already. He’s also a great rebounder for a 6’1 point guard. Defense can be an issue for Rozier this season, but he’s also led the Celtics in defensive efficiency during points of his tenure. We’re going to find out just how good (or bad) of a defender he is.
That said, Terry Rozier is a dog; one who fits perfectly on this Charlotte Hornets team. If you’ve been following Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, or Malik Monk on social media you have seen they have this swagger about them that says “shock the world.” Rozier fits that mentality perfectly. He’s a grinder and a student of Mamba University. I guess we can call them the Killer Bees? The Stingers? I’ll come up with something.
Needless to say, I am here for the Terry Rozier experience. He brings a level of energy to the Hornets and has an incredible opportunity to become a very good starting point guard in the NBA. Here’s what we’re not going to do, though… compare him to Kemba Walker. There’s a reason I didn’t mention Walker in any of this, because he’s not him. He’s Terry Rozier III (aka Three Sticks, aka Scary Terry), and he’s your starting point guard for the next three seasons.