NBA Rookie Draft Ranking and Fantasy Outlook: Terrence Ross

The Toronto Raptors selected SG Terrence Ross with the eighth pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

Ross’ career stats at Washington:

69 Games, 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, .9 steals, .7 blocks, 45.2 FG%, 76.3 FT%

Fantasy Advice:  Terrence Ross was a surprise pick by the Raptors at number eight, especially with Austin Rivers still on the board.  I’m not sure what the Raptors see in Ross, but there must be something.

Ross has a good three point shot, launching 5.5 per game last season and hitting 37.1% of them.   Whether or not he can consistently get to the basket remains to be seen.   His defensive stats of .9 blocks and 1.4 steals per game are fairly impressive and point to a well rounded fantasy asset.  He also showed good rebounding ability with 6.4 a game last season.  He pretty much amounts to what most fantasy owners describe as a typical ‘three and D’ type player.  He’ll play some tough defense and be asked to hit the occasional three pointer, which isn’t the type of player most fantasy owners are looking for.

He’s a pretty solid athlete at 6’7, 200 pounds with 3% body fat.  He also put on a show with a 38 inch vertical.

Ross is going to be a fantasy wildcard in Toronto, so his final draft position will depend on training camp and how the Raptors handle the other small forward/shooting guard competitors on the roster during free agency.  They still have DeMar DeRozan at SG and it’s going to be pretty difficult to start Ross over DeMar, so it could be tough to find many minutes initially for Ross.

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