When the Toronto Raptors selected former Washington Huskies’ swingman Terrence Ross with the eighth-overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, they obviously had very high hopes. Ross has struggled for a good portion of his first two season but is obviously a very talented player and has shown flashes of greatness (he scored 51 points on 16-of-29 shooting in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in January).
However, there has been talk of Ross’ lack of clearly defined role in Toronto. In fact, just before the start of free agency, there was belief the Raptors could use Ross as a trade chip.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes Ross needs to show up to training camp with a sense of urgency in order to carve out a bigger role.
Ross, like Waiters, isn’t a cornerstone guy, but he has proven to be extremely versatile and explosive. Arguably one of the best young shooters in the game, he is also an elite level athlete. Ross may be a victim of a numbers crunch in Toronto, but it seems pretty clear that Ross has career potential and could play a bigger role if he comes into camp with a sense of urgency.
Ross averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 42.3% from the field, 39.5% from beyond the arc and 83.7% from the free throw line for the Raptors this season, but averaged just 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.3 assists per game while shooting 29.8% from the floor, 16.7% from three and 60.0% from the foul line during the postseason.
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