Terry Rozier during Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It's tough to watch the NBA Finals, knowing the Celtics were minutes away from being there instead of the Cavaliers, but you also have to appreciate all they accomplished this year.
There are too many examples to name here, but one great one is the emergence of Terry Rozier, who took advantage of an injury to Kyrie Irving to set new career-highs in every statistical category.
Rozier averaged about 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 40 percent shooting during the regular season, then 17, 5, and 6 on 41 percent in the playoffs.
The third-year guard spoke with ESPN about emerging as a worthy NBA starter.
"It didn't hit me until obviously after the season," he said. "Coach always says never get too high, never get too low, so I try to live by that. It was just a lot of fun, made it to the top four teams, so obviously everybody is watching the games and they know who we are. I just want to build off of that. This summer's important for me, and obviously, getting the recognition is just the start."
Rozier's due just $3 million next season, but expects to return to his reserve role behind Irving, which has led many to believe he could be a sell-high trade piece with other assets this summer.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports