Former NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Dallas Mavericks, Jason Terry, has announced that he wants to come back for his 20th season. Does ‘Jet’ deserve to have his number in the rafters at the AAC?
When the Dallas Mavericks were at their best, there were two players that teams consistently had to key on in hopes of slowing down an electric offense. Those two players were Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.
Although Terry was never near the level of accomplishment that Dirk was, he became an electric scorer that could turn a game around in a matter of minutes on his best nights. He was a fan favorite for his timely buckets and the confidence that emanated off of him at all times. There were very few players quite as electric as Jason Terry in his prime.
The 2010-11 NBA Championship Dallas Mavericks were a pretty amazing team, made up of one superstar and many supporting cast members that fit their role well. That said, the Mavs may not have a championship without the scoring of Terry.
The Jet is headed into his 20th NBA season and, even though he only spent 8 of those years with the Dallas Mavericks, there is no doubt that those were his prime years. So, what would qualify Terry to get his number retired and what would make him unqualified?
As mentioned above, the Dallas Mavericks may never have gotten an NBA title if it weren’t for Terry. His confidence and persona made him a fan favorite during his time in Dallas, and everyone wanted to see what he was going to do next.
He was also the perfect sidekick for Dirk, keeping a little bit of defense off of him while also scoring whenever was needed. He is one of the best three-point shooters that has ever been on the Mavs team and he used that to electrify crowds whenever necessary. He was a great player who had a great career that peaked during his time in Dallas.
The biggest takeaway for Jet is that he really doesn’t have any truly impressive numbers from his time in Dallas or his overall career. He was something special as a role player or even a secondary scoring option, but he was never good enough to be the star. That doesn’t necessarily need to detract from his resume, but it is definitely something worth noting.
He also left the Mavs years ago and is still playing in the league. That is not his fault by any means, but Mavs fans may not be as eager to get his name in the rafters as they would if he came home and played his last season here or something like that.
Jason Terry was one of the most entertaining Dallas Mavericks players of all time and I firmly believe that his number deserves to be in the rafters. Now we just have to sit and wait to see if Mark Cuban agrees.