This is probably the match-up that fans all over the NBA are looking forward to seeing, come opening night. Without a doubt, Ray Allen has had a far better career than Jason Terry. Ray Allen is a better scorer, rebounder, and passer. However, there are things 3 things that lean in Terry's favor when compared to Ray Allen, in this point of their careers.
1) The ability to handle the ball: It may seem small, however the ability to handle the ball, and shoot are extremely vital skills to any team in the NBA. Take Steve Novak for example, he led the league in 3-point shooting percentage at just under 48%, during the regular season. That's an incredible percentage, however, he can easily be neutralized by simply closing out on him. Closing out on Novak, forces him to pass the ball, because he's only a threat if he shoots it. If you were to close out on a shooter like Terry, he'll have the ability to drive to the rim, and force the opposing teams to double him on his way to rim. He can then try to get in for a foul, or perhaps kick it out to some of the perimeter shooters. This can then give the Celtics more time to do things with the shot clock as opposed to having Allen run through screens to get open which can take 3-5 seconds (even longer if the defense closes out on him fast enough, because he may have to go through the "screen maze" again), and that usually just leaves Rondo or Pierce to put up a low percentage shot.
2) Bench Experience: Jason Terry has been one of the best bench players in the NBA for the last 5 seasons. As a bench player, in his last 5 seasons with the Mavericks Jason Terry has been averaging 17 points. Jason Terry is one of the few people who have pride in being able to reinforce the starters. Ray Allen will most likely come off the bench with Miami, and this is where Allen may fall to Terry. Ray Allen has been a starter his entire career averaging about 37 minutes a game. I believe it'd be difficult to be a starter for your first 16 straight years and then come off the bench for your last 2 or 3. When Terry went to the transition from starter to bench player, you can see that his offensive numbers went down slightly, as if feeling out the bench minutes (which were lower than his starting minutes but not by too much). Terry averaged 15.5 points, his lowest average in a Dallas uniform, and it took him a couple of years before he finally became the bench monster that he is today.
3) Attitude: This is something that can't be measured in numbers or percentages, but it is a large part of the game. Jason Terry's high energy, and vocal leadership make him a great asset to every team he's been on. This man has tattooed another championship to his body despite the fact that he hasn't even played in a Celtic uniform yet. His ability to come off the bench and motivate the young guys as well as help the veterans made Terry a very desirable free agent. Terry isn't afraid to miss and his confidence is contagious. He has the ability to be confident without being reckless, Terry knows if his game is off, he can play facilitator, and (heaven forbid) if he gets injured, you can expect him to give the Celtics the same energy and passion as he would on the court.
At this point in their careers, I believe Jason Terry has an advantage over Ray Allen, especially if they'll both be coming off the bench. I'm excited for this match up as I'm sure many people are.
What are your thoughts? Who do you feel is the better shooting guard? Allen or Terry?