Many questioned the selection of Terrence Ross with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors because experts thought he wasn’t top-10 talent.
Ross didn’t do much in his rookie year to prove the critics wrong. It was a rough go for T-Ro in year one in Toronto, averaging 6.4 points and 2.0 rebounds. He also was only able to muster up a 10.48 Player Efficiency Rating, meaning when he was on the court he really did not help his team.
You can contribute part of his misfortune to a lack of consistent playing time, but unless Ross has a good showing in training camp and preseason, year two might be much of the same.
Ross has the tools to be an effective wing player in the NBA at some point. He stands at 6-foot-6 and is a long, athletic defender. He also proved his athleticism further by participating in the Slam Dunk Contest last season. While playing college ball at the University of Washington, he averaged 16.4 points per game and shot 37% from three his sophomore season.
While the tools are there to be a contributor, the playing time might not be. He is already buried behind incumbent starters DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay at the shooting guard and small forward positions and he also has to compete with Landry Fields, Steve Novak and Austin Daye for playing time off the bench.
Ross can separate himself from the rest of his competition in the second unit if he can become a more complete player in year two. Fields offers pretty much only defense at this point in his career and Novak is strictly a shooter. If Ross can combine his length and shooting touch to develop into a solid all-around player, he could leapfrog those guys and find minutes as one of the first guys off the bench.
After investing a lottery pick in Ross just last year, the Raptors will give him every opportunity to earn significant minutes next year; now he just has to go out and get it.