Throughout the NBA playoffs, where we Raptor fans are left to wallow, Raptors Republic brings you the 100 Words Series. Calling on RR writers and other Raptor scribes from around the internet and MSM, we’ll provide the Republic with 100-word takes on players, coaches, management and announcers. Look for these two or three times a week, continuing today with Terrence Ross. The mission I charged the contributors with was simple: you have 100 words (prose, poetry, song, whatever) to discuss said player.

Andrew Thompson, Raptors Republic
Terrence Ross was drafted for his 3 point shooting. His rookie shooting stats don’t exactly jump off the page at a below league average 33% on 2.7 attempts per game. But let’s not all start throwing things in despair yet.

Player A: 29% 3P%, 2.7 attempts
Player B: 28% 3P%, 2.6 attempts

Those pair of rookie shooting splits belong to Kevin Durant and Lebron James. My point isn’t that Ross will become either of those two players. He almost definitely won’t. But, both of those players shot over 40% from 3 this past season after hurling bricks almost exclusively in their rookie season. Shooters typically take time to adjust to the League. There is still hope for a Raptor who can actually shoot 3s…

Arsenalist, Raptors Republic

In a good system where he’s held accountable defensively and has a specific role coming off the bench (poor man’s Tony Allen), you can see Ross fitting in as a productive member of a roster.  Assuming the shooting percentages improve with maturity and a summer of training, it’s not unreasonable to suggest an improvement like below, even if he plays the same amount of minutes (17 per game – granted, this is likely to increase):

2012-13

2013-14

FG%

.407

.44

3FG%

.332

.370

FTA / Game

0.6

2

Steals

0.6

1

He has good technique on his shot and I really think not enough coaching was done to get him accustomed to the NBA three-point line.  I’m going to assume that that is corrected, and if so, he’s good a nice enough contract to at least stick around in a bench role.  I won’t anoint him a saviour or even put his mug on marketing material, but that doesn’t mean he can’t hold a fiscally responsible roster spot.

Blake Murphy, Raptors Republic
The three-point shot is something learned and perfected over time. Rookies are taking a longer range shot than they’ve been used to and more intelligent defenses, usually. Defense is also something that is a learned skill, as the jump to the NBA includes a dramatic jump in skill, strength and savvy on the part of opponents. T-Ross has time to grow into the three-and-D kind of prospect we were hoping for, and he showed flashes, especially in fast-paced play, during the season. But he might have to show it from deep on the bench to start, since Ujiri can’t assume that growth.

Garrett Hinchey, Raptors Republic
Ah, what to do with you, Terrence Ross AKA TDotFlight31 AKA the weirdest Twitter handle to become a person’s actual nickname. On paper, you’re the perfect fit for this group of players: a floor-spacing wing, on a rookie deal, who’s known for long-range shooting (just think, a Raptor wing who can hit threes!) and with unparalleled athleticism. It’s all there.

On the court, though, you seem like a different guy. Listless at times, especially on defense, struggling with your shot, and seemingly shutting down after every bad stretch of play you submit. Yes, I know you’re only 20. Yes, I believe that potential filled, floor-spacing guard is still there. But, buddy, it’s time for him to start showing up at every game. Next year, the rookie excuse is gone, and the management group’s completely overhauled. Time to show them what you’ve got.

Tim W., Raptors Republic
In a pre-draft column, I wrote that Ross was the type of guy who always ends up falling in the draft and teams always regret passing on him. My question is whether he would be better off had he dropped to a better team with a staff that could develop him better. While I never thought Ross would ever be an All Star, I think he’s got the ability to be a rotation player on a good team. But I question whether Casey is the coach that can develop him into that.

I just wish Ross had DeRozan’s professionalism and work ethic (although maybe he does. I don’t know).