Charlotte Hornets may have lost Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics, but they got a decent player in return for the young point keeper Terry Rozier. General manager Mitch Kupchak is thrilled to see what's in store for the 25-year-old he thinks would have been a lottery if he was drafted this year instead of 2015.
"We want to if he was in the draft this year, Terry Rozier would have been a lottery choice. "- Mitch Kupchak
̵1; Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 7, 2019
Celtics chose Rozier 16. assembled four years ago and he showed constant improvement over his time with the team. He had a great 2016-17 season, the year in which he helped Celtics reach the Eastern Conference Finals. At that time, everyone thought he was going to be the team's future point guard.
But when Kyrie Irving returned from injury, Rozier had to take a step back, which he was willing to do first, but when Celtics did not win under the leadership of the All Star guard, that was when frustrations began mount.
Celtics finished last season with another round exit.
Rozier saw the appearance of ESPN's first take, admitting that it was not easy for him to take a minor role last season. He even went so far as to say he was the one who sacrificed the most for the benefit of the team and that he would not return if the Celtics would bring back Irving.
Celtics lost Irving to Brooklyn Nets, but they did not choose Rozier as his replacement. Instead, they went after Kemba Walker, and Rozier ended up with the Hornets.
As disappointing as the last few seasons have been, Rozier will get a fresh start in Charlotte and if he really thinks he can be one of the best point guards in the NBA then it's time for him to prove next season.