As Terrence Ross improves, consistency the next frontier

Title: As Terrence Ross improves, consistency the next frontier
Date: December 2, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at Terrence Ross’ early-season improvements, highlighting that consistency is the next frontier in his development.

Late in the first quarter of the Raptors’ victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Terrence Ross engaged in what’s become a simple and familiar action. As the Grizzlies defence focused on a potential high screen-and-roll between DeMar DeRozan and Lucas Nogueira, Ross was able to sneak a step further from his man toward the break, just enough room to let it fly over an outstretched, contesting arm when DeRozan hit him with a quick pass.

It dropped, and over the course of the three-and-a-half minutes around that triple, the Raptors nudged their lead forward despite Kyle Lowry taking a breather. It’s what’s come to be expected of Ross this season, instant – and reliable – offensive production to help carry the second unit.

While Ross’ numbers haven’t taken a dramatic step forward, there’s a genuine feeling his play has. The excitement and cautious optimism around his improvements in training camp, which followed a summer of trimming a few pre-Bulk Barn pounds and additional work finishing through contact, carried into the regular season. With Norman Powell’s defence screaming for more playing time in the 10th-man role, Ross has maintained a firm grip as the first wing off the bench, even calling for more playing time of his own with his effectiveness.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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