In the final year of his rookie deal, Terrence Ross is in a do-or-die situation to prove his worth in the Raptors’ roster.
And Toronto Raptors look forward to a much accomplished Ross coming off the bench in crunch situations after a couple of disappointing seasons. The eighth overall pick of 2012 draft, Ross exhibited tremendous promise in his debut season, showering 51 throws that January.
Ross later faded away. His disastrous seven-game show against the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15 playoffs left the Raptors’ fans and analysts wondering. The 81 regular season games he featured also show his shooing percentage dipped drastically.
Defensively he couldn’t play any significant role. His free throws, too, fell below the mark, leaving his future in the franchise in dire straits.
This season, the 24-year-old has too much to prove in order to extend his rookie contract.
Ross can do it. He can find himself in a position from where he can surmount the barrier between the achievers and the merely talented college guys.
DeMarre Carroll‘s presence in the Raptors’ roster pushes Ross to the bench for full-time. In a secondary roll, with a new ring of players surrounding him, Ross can device a breakthrough role which the Raptors are looking from him for three long years. He gets an opportunity to be tested once more by the Raptors’ think-tank. The change in the role, apparently demotion, can swing the fortunes of the player if he accepts it in true spirits.
There are new set of coaches in town. And some find Ross perfectly fit for the new role.
Surely, a positive prediction regarding Ross’ comeback is a bet. The holes appearing in his game in the past two seasons are many. He is a quality athlete. Last season, he allowed his every opponent to shoot at above-average rates. Lou Williams pointed out his game.
Some truly egregious defense from Terrence Ross on this play. http://t.co/78pCcPKAER
— William Lou (@william_lou) September 1, 2015
His sense of position on the floor also needs to improve. Offensively, too, he refuses to attack the basket, a reason behind his poor free-throw records last season.
Well, he needs to fire up. He needs to change his game-plan to do so. He needs to blossom as a more confident player.