Toronto Raptors: Top five small forwards in franchise history

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Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross!? The guy who is currently a backup for the Orlando Magic. He is the fifth best small forward in franchise history? Yes.

I warned you this list was not very good.

Ross played four-and-a-half years for the Toronto Raptors and gave solid production during that time.

The eighth pick of the 2012 draft, early on it appeared is if Ross had a chance to be a real difference maker. In his second season, he averaged 11 points on above-average efficiency and was a rangy-athletic defender. He had flaws to his game, but the tools where there.

Unfortunately, Ross plateaud after just his second season. After producing similar numbers in his third year, Toronto was convinced he wasn’t the small forward of the future.

That summer, the Raptors inked DeMarre Carroll to a monster four-year deal, and at some level, the writing was on the wall.

A year and a half later, at the 2017 NBA trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors traded Ross to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka. Toronto viewed Ibaka as defensive anchor who could take them over the top. Expectations he has not lived up too.

In many ways, Ross’ Raptor career is viewed as a disappointment. He appeared to be so much more than what he provided. Still, multiple years of average production is enough to make this list.