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May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) goes up to make a basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) and forward Paul Pierce (34) defend in the first half of game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Terrence Ross - '13-'14 season report card

May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) goes up to make a basket against the Brooklyn Nets in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s nearing the end of June, when school is dismissed, and I thought it might be fun to issue reports on each Raptor for the just-completed season. Let’s begin with Terrence Ross.

2013-2014 End of Season Report Card

 Player’s Name: Terrence Ross     Position: Small Forward     Overall Grade: B-

Subject:           Grade:       Comments:

Offense                  C+                If you look up “inconsistent” in the dictionary, you’ll find Terrence’s picture. He can score brilliant                                                                baskets, and misses “bunnies”. Must work on: his pull-up jump shot. Terrence has the athleticism to                                                              get into the paint consistently, but is not a reliable finisher. He is prone to turnovers (often when                                                                      opponents reach around to slap the ball away as he dribbles past) and lazy passes, which are faults of                                                            carelessness, not inability.

Defense                 B+                A lot more good than bad. His coach entrusted him with some tough assignments, and he performed                                                             well. His quick hands and active feet helped him tip, or outright steal, a lot of passes. Must work on:                                                                resisting the temptation to reach in, which leads to cheap fouls away from the basket. Terrence is not                                                             always adept at fighting through screens.

Intangibles          C                  There are no issues we can find. He appears to get along well with his teammates and coaches, and is                                                               popular with fans. Must work on: being psychologically ready for big games, specifically playoffs, in                                                             which he was a disappointment. There are situations where he is generous to a fault. Specifically on                                                                 odd- man runouts, he looked too often to pass, rather than confidently continuing at speed to the                                                                   basket.

Needs to Improve                Terrence must make the transition from freak athlete to well-rounded ball player. Those of you who                                                               recall Joey Graham will recognize how difficult making that leap can prove; it’s not automatic. One clue                                                       will be a significant spike in Terrence’s rebounding, which has not been acceptable to date for one with                                                         his hops. He must learn positioning and timing, rather than relying solely on outleaping his man.

Principal’s Summary: While acknowledging Terrence’s issues, he deserves commendation for stepping into the starter’s role following the departure of Rudy Gay, and keeping it. His coach told him at the time he hadn’t earned the promotion, but he grew into the job, and was an important contributor to the team’s turnaround.

2014 – 2015 status: Promoted to next level, where the standards are higher, but so are the rewards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal’s Summary: While acknowledging Terrence’s issues, he must be commended for stepping into the starter’s role following the departure of Rudy Gay, and keeping it. His coach told him at the time he hadn’t earned the promotion, but he grew into the job, and was an important contributor to the team’s turnaround.

 

2014 – 2015 status: Promoted to next level, where the standards are higher, but so are the rewards.

 

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