3 Reasons Why: Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross has quickly become a fan favorite in Orlando, and for good reason. He’s quick, he’s a team player and he drops BOMBS from beyond the 3 Pt arch. With the 2018-19 season behind us and with Terrence Ross becoming a UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent) he is fully in charge of his own destiny. With the NBA becoming exponentially a shooters league thanks to marksmen from the three like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and James Harden there is no question that the league is scrambling for guys who can drain from deep. Terrence Ross fits that profile. He is the prototypical pick and pop guy, he can come off screens and elevate in virtually no time.

At the seasons' conclusion Ross was asked by John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com if he would like to “be a part of this (Orlando Magic team) moving forward" Terrence responded with “I would love it”. There is obvious mutual interest from both parties in regards to The Human Torch staying in Central Florida, and while those contractual discussions, and attempts at fitting talent under the salary cap will be a crux for our front office to bare we can hope that Terrence Ross will be in a Magic uniform come fall. Free agency begins July 1st at 6PM.

We have identified 3 reasons why it would behoove the Orlando Magic to re-sign Terrence Ross:

Shooters Are Valuable:
Terrence Ross has had a great season from beyond the arc. According to RealGM Three Ross as we like to call him, finished the season shooting his highest shooting percentage from Three Point Line since the 2013 season (Ross’ second season in the NBA), making over 50 more shots from deep while playing the same number of games (81). The torch has also scored more three-pointers coming off of the bench than any other player in NBA History (217 on the season), without starting a single game.

Overall Improvement:
Outside of his 3-point aptitude Ross has improved in many statistical categories. He is scoring a career high in points, free throws made, and minutes played. Managing to stay healthy all season while providing a steady presence off the bench. His ability to shoot from deep, and craftiness down low makes him a versatile threat that provides spacing on the floor which is something the Magic lack. Teams spread their defense more when he is on the court allowing Vucevic, and Aaron Gordon to take advantage of defensive lapses in the paint. 

Intangibles:
There is an attitude about Terrence that transcends what he does on the court. He never gets too high or too low and is always ready for big moments. This is arguably his best quality. With a roster full of young guys, and guys who wear their emotions on their sleeves (not a bad quality) T Ross is steadfast in making the necessary hustle play, hitting the big shot, and enjoying every moment while not letting-on what he is feeling. 

These qualities can turn Ross into a veteran leader next season. It can be of utmost value when crafting a team with players that can be molded. Orlando should make Terrence Ross a fair offer for keeping his services in Orlando. He is willing to come off of the bench although his talent should require a starting position, he is one of the guys that are willing to do anything for the overall success of the team, his ego has never been an issue and that is vital in creating team chemistry and sustaining success.

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