Every rookie can stand to gain a few extra pounds of muscle, and Dalen Terry knows he is no exception.
Standing in front of reporters during the first training camp of his NBA career, Terry stressed that building out his frame has already become an early priority. He explained to the Chicago Tribune’s Julia Poe that the Summer League experience instantly showed him how important adding strength will be to his continued development. And it sure sounds like he will have no lack of motivation while sharing the gym with his new teammates.
“I’m a skinny dude,” Terry told Poe. “You seen Pat? I’m trying to be like Pat.”
While Terry is surely being a little overzealous with his comparison, his mind is in the right place. Adding muscle over the years and conditioning at a high level will be key to staying on the floor, especially for someone who invites as much contact as Terry. Whether it be at Arizona or Summer League, Terry has flashes around the rim (as a cutter or driver) and his ability to finish through contact should only improve as he adds weight. Not to mention, already perceived to be someone with above-average defensive instincts, he’ll need to get a little bigger to hang with the kind of tough and physical NBA wings that he might be asked to defend.
Josh Frydman went on to share that the weight-gaining work is already underway. Terry’s diet has apparently changed quite a bit, and it looks like peanut butter has become a new best friend.
Anyway, if you want to learn a little bit more about Terry’s plans, I recommend you read Poe’s latest over at the Chicago Tribune. Following his development over the next few months should be a fun ride, and I look forward to seeing if/when he can sneak his way onto the court soon.