Terry Rozier hits multiple milestones in huge performance

Terry Rozier #3 of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Terry Rozier #3 of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Former Louisville basketball star Terry Rozier put on a show on opening night for the Charlotte Hornets.

In the 2020 NBA Draft that was held in November, Michael Jordan and the Hornets opted to pursue a big-name guard with the No. 3 overall selection in LaMelo Ball.

The 6’8″ point guard has been a national basketball prodigy ever since his young days as a high school recruit. He was the big name to watch for Hornets fans to get excited about for the 2020-21 season.

But a former Louisville star had other plans in mind.

In game one for the Hornets on Wednesday night, Terry Rozier put on a legendary show for the NBA world to see.

He racked in 42 points on 15-of-23 shooting that included a whopping 10-for-16 from three point range. It was an unconscious of a performance for the 6th year guard that entered territory the NBA has never seen before in an opening game.

The Cardinal alumni was one of (if not) the brightest stars in the NBA on Wednesday. Unfortunately, despite his efforts, the team dropped the game to the Cavaliers 114-121.

Rozier played two seasons in Louisville before heading to the NBA to be selected in the first round  by the Boston Celtics. He was eventually traded to the Hornets during the 2019 offseason in a blockbuster for Kemba Walker.

At Louisville, Rozier put up 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game as a sophomore during the 2014-15 season. The 6’1″ guard is a pure scorer that had his way of getting to the bucket and creating his own shot consistently in college.

In the NBA, Rozier has transformed from a key reserve bench role to an important starter. The 42 points on Wednesday by Rozier were a career high for the 26-year old.

He was a man possessed in just game one and that could lead to some great momentum for him as the season goes on.

The native of Shaker Heights in Youngstown, Ohio got the opportunity to come back to his home state and light it up.

Despite the young stud of LaMelo Ball being a high priority draft selection, Rozier has some other ideas for what his value is with the franchise.

If the light fully turns on, there is no telling what Rozier’s ceiling could be as a scorer in the league.

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