Ross had by far his best game this campaign, albeit in double overtime. The sophomore drained a series of crucial 3-pointers and then sealed the win with four free throws in the final six seconds. Ross appeared to be somewhat of a streaky scorer last year and will be looking to be more consistent on both ends of the floor once the regular season starts.
With the departure of Alan Anderson to the Brooklyn Nets in the offseason and Landry Fields now known for his offense, Ross is now the go-to guy off the bench in the wing position.
Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan will take up the majority of the minutes, but if Ross can prove to Dwayne Casey that he is a solid backup capable of double-digit points each night, then his minutes could significantly increase from a year ago. Speaking of DeRozan, the fifth-year player has had a relatively quiet preseason thus far. However, the former USC Trojan broke out for 21 points on Monday and added seven rebounds along the way.
His defense will be a key area of improvement for the team, as the Raptors look for more of a defensive identity under Casey once again. Collecting rebounds will be a big part of that, and DeRozan will look to take momentum into the regular season, which starts in just seven days.