The best 15 Hawk’s players of the past 15 years. “JT”

Atlanta’s Jason Terry celebrates after leading the Hawks past Los Angeles. AP Sports

His Time in Atlanta
The first installment of “The best 15 Hawk’s players of the past 15 years” features Jason Terry “JT”. Terry was born in Seattle, Washington and played his collegiate ball for the perennial power Arizona Wildcats. Terry was an instant star and it showed in his draft status throughout his playing days at Arizona. Projections showed him as a lottery pick and that’s exactly where the Atlanta Hawks picked him at number 10 in the 2000 NBA draft. Terry had a solid first year in Atlanta landing himself on the “All NBA Rookie” 2nd team. He shot 42% from the field and averaged eight points and four assists per game his rookie year. Where Terry really came into his own was his second year in the league. On Tuesday December 12, 2000, Jason Terry put on a show that the home faithful would never forget. Terry led the Hawks to a 107-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings behind Terry’s huge 38 points that night. Terry shot 64% from the field and as well as dishing out five assists and bringing in five rebounds. The Hawks weren’t expected to compete for a championship in year two of Jason Terry, but they were expected to show progress and in certain aspects they did. Terry certainly did. However, the game that true Hawks fans to this very day still remember is the day the Atlanta Hawks went up against the eventual NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. The vaunted Lakers came into the game showing flashes of dominance. You had Kobe Bryant coming into his own as a superstar and big Shaq was playing like a legend. The Hawks would go on to win 108-106 behind Jason Terry’s 36 points and Tony Kukoc’s 26. The Hawks needed every single point from Terry that night; barely holding off valiant efforts from Kobe and Shaq who both put up 26 points apiece. That is the night I remember saying “this guy is amazing” to my dad. Terry would go on to have a stellar season averaging 20 points per game and dishing out five assists per game. Terry would go on to lead the Hawks faithful with hope in the NBA season finale. In the NBA home finale against Washington on April 17th, 2001, Terry gave the Hawks faithful a show to remember. Hitting 9 shots from the field as well as five three pointers. Terry and the Hawks beat Washington that night 122-119 in a thrilling season ending show behind JT’s 27 points and shooting 41% behind the three-point line. The Hawks and Jason Terry would go into the offseason riding a high wave and hoping for more of it in the next season.

Where is he now?
            Jason Terry would be traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2004 for Antoine Walker and Tony Delk. Terry would go on to be a NBA champion with Dallas in 2011, playing a major part in helping defeat the Miami Heat. Terry played for the Houston Rockets in 2016.

Michael Thomas

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