Terrence Ross - F: Terrence Ross averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds in Summer League play.
Unfortunately, that's the good news.
If Valanciunas and Acy gave the team exactly what the club hoped to see, Ross would have to be the opposite looking passive, hesitant, and downright invisible at times.
Sure, he had a few good scoring games, including a 17 point outing on Thursday against Denver.
However he shot 4 of 11 in that match, the bulk of his points coming from the free-throw line, and of those points from the stripe, the bulk came from being fouled in transition, not from his own shot-creation attempts in half-court sets.
In fairness, he did knock down pretty much every free-throw he encountered. But for a player with his elite athleticism, you expected a lot more, especially in this setting where opponents typically don't have his caliber of athletic ability.
Put it this way. My baseline for Quincy Acy in terms of expectations was for him to at least be able to do the things he normally does (rebound the ball, throw-down some put-back dunks, hustle on both ends etc), but perhaps do them even better due to the level competition he would be facing. If he added in a few things on top of this such as an improved jump shot or post-game? Gravy.
So for Ross, same idea. You'd expect him to come in and knock down open three-pointers, get to the hoop, finish plays using his top-notch athleticism, be a defensive presence, etc, etc.
Only that didn't happen.
He rarely attacked the basket, he struggled shooting the long-ball (was 3 of 13)
, shot only 42 per cent from the field, had 17 turnovers despite not being the team's "go-to-option" on O
, and got to the free-throw line only two more times than teammate Michah Downs.
Not only did I fail to see an ounce of development, but for the bulk of the contests, I also didn't see those "baseline traits" I mentioned before! I don't want to say Ross took a step backwards as we're talking five Summer League games here, but ugh.
It was't good.
During last night's match-up with Phoenix I remembered a line his college coach Lorenzo Romar told me after Ross was drafted. He mentioned that whether Ross was "playing in his back-yard or drive way, it's the same thing as if he was playing for twenty-thousand people in the championship, he just doesn't get rattled."
Maybe the setting was the problem and Ross approached this like he had nothing to prove, lacking last year's hunger.
Maybe the calf issues that were reportedly bothering him prior to the Vegas League were impacting his play.
In any event, if you're judging Ross you wanted to see at least those traits that made him an intriguing prospect coming out of college and in absence of even those, never mind additions to his game on top of that, I'm not sure there's much other choice than to dole out an F.