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Toronto Raptors: Head Coach Calls Terrence Ross NBA’s Best Athlete, Won’t Equal Wins

Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Coming out of Washington, shooting guard Terrence Ross was touted as one of the best athletes in the draft. The 22-year old sophomore guard, now with the Toronto Raptors, was drafted number eight overall in last year’s NBA Draft and still has plenty to learn as a pro.

His rookie year was highlighted by winning the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest, which is more like saying you won an NBA Jam video game tournament these days. Nonetheless, Ross put up some pretty athletic moves en route to the hardware.

Recently, head coach Dwayne Casey discussed his sophomore guard with The Sporting News, and had some high praise in store for Ross.

“There is not a better athlete in the NBA than Terrence Ross,” Casey said confidently.

While this may be quite the compliment for Ross, let’s put it into perspective. Casey isn’t necessarily one of the better coaches in the NBA, heck, he accepted the job with Toronto, so he might as well call it a career.

I digress.

Ross may be a great athlete, but that won’t equate to wins. Casey is merely looking for things to talk about during the offseason when most of the news has now passed and teams are preparing for training camp.

If the Raptors somehow wind up making the playoffs in 2013, I will retract all of the statements I have made about how terrible the team is. But, for now, I can’t do that. The Raptors are downright bad, and Casey must be trying to make himself feel better about his lowly franchise.

The second year pro could use this as motivation for his upcoming year, though, and decide to break out for Toronto. That, without question, would do the team some good. In a time where being a Raptors fan is more like cheering on your pet goldfish in a race with a great white shark, Ross could be a bright spot in 2013.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.