Jason Terry was never expected to be a major contributor for the Milwaukee Bucks when signed during the offseason in 2017. Terry should be (and most of the time is) nothing more than a spark off the bench and a source of veteran leadership for Giannis, Jabari, and the other young Bucks. The season was filled with many ups and downs. From 16 DNP’s in December and January to a scoring outburst versus an Eastern Conference juggernaut, Terry’s 2017-18 season was more interesting than one would think for a veteran role player.
Terry’s best game of the year, by far, came against the Toronto Raptors right after the all-star break. A three-point overtime win across the border saw the JET drop 14 points, a season high. This game was an example of what he was brought to Milwaukee to do. Come off the bench, give the team some energy, and contribute in the best way he can; knocking down the 3-ball. His mentoring off the court is one of the reasons he came to Milwaukee. He has done a great job of being a role model and mentor for all the youngins on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite the fact that Terry was used as a way to energize the crowd and the team on the court, he didn’t get much playing time to start off the year. The playing time he did get was not productive either. For a player known for the three-point shot throughout his career, it took him awhile to even put up decent numbers in that category. In the month of November alone, he shot a laughable 14.3 percent from downtown. He was able to pick it up by the end of the year, but the first couple of months were not a good time for JET.
Grade for Season: C+
As stated, it was a bad start to the year for Terry. He would finish the year averaging 3.3 PPG, which is respectable for the role he currently has. As a starter he didn’t do much, which was disappointing. He put up point totals of 6, 6, 3, and 10. He didn’t really do much until the second half of the year, which explains the C+ grade.
Role Next Season: Guard depth/mentor
Terry has expressed his interest in coming back for another season with the Bucks. Terry will turn 41 in September. He isn’t getting any more athletic. The more he plays the more wear and tear he will put on his body. Realistically, he shouldn’t play more than 15 minutes a game next year. The times he started was nice, but he couldn’t produce in a starting role. He is amazing for getting the crowd into games with his towel-waving on the sidelines and his plane celebrations after making 3-pointers. Off the court, Terry will continue to mentor the young Bucks. Having a role model like Terry has and will continue to be beneficial for the organization going forward.