Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross
29-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ross is back with the Magic after inking a four-year, $50 million deal in the offseason. He finished third on Orlando with 15.2 points per game, shooting just 42.8 percent from the field but canning 38.8 percent of his threes. He made at least five three-pointers in 16 games, draining a career-high 2.7 per contest. Despite finishing the year with a quality three-point shooting percentage, Ross struggled with consistency scoring from game to game. He managed 21 games of 20 or more points but totaled 22 games scoring less than 10 points. Ross will compete for playing time with Jonathan Isaac, Evan Fournier and newly-acquired Al-Farouq Aminu this season, though he was still able to carve out 26.5 minutes per contest last season off the bench. He could maintain a 20-minute-per game-role this season, as he provides a scoring punch for the second unit. Ross is an excellent source of threes, three-point percentage and free-throw percentage, though fantasy owners should be prepared for some up-and-down stretches of play throughout the season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Magic in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Terrence James Elijah Ross was born in 1991 in Long Beach, California to Terry Ross and Marcine Parker. His father played minor league basketball in the old CBA, and sister Taelor played collegiate basketball at Seattle University. Ross played high school basketball for two different institutions. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Ross attended Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. During his sophomore season, he led Jefferson to a state championship. Ross then went to Montrose Christian in Rockville, Maryland, where he was named All-Metro (D.C. area) in 2009. After college, while playing for the Raptors, Ross sponsored a ticket program with LAMP Community Health Centre for youth basketball programs. Ross has also worked with the Magic on various Orlando-based youth initiatives. Follow Ross on Twitter (@TerrenceRoss) and Instagram (@terrence).

College/International Summary

Ross started four of 34 possible games for the Washington Huskies as a freshman, contributing on a team that won the Pac-10 tournament but was bounced in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. Ross grew into a vital contributor as a sophomore in 2011-12, however. He finished among the top statistical contributors in the conference in many categories that year, including second in field goals (215), third in points (574), third in field-goal percentage (.457) and fourth in points per game (16.4). The Huskies finished with the best record in the Pac-12 that year with Ross as a key player but were left out of the NCAA Tournament, ultimately reaching the NIT semifinals. After the season, Ross announced that he would enter the 2012 NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round (eighth overall) by the Toronto Raptors.

Leads team in scoring off bench
FOrlando Magic
March 10, 2020
Ross finished with 24 points (8-19 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two boards, one assist, and two blocks in 31 minutes of a 120-115 win against Memphis on Tuesday.
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Ross came off the bench to lead his team in scoring thanks to a high-volume effort. His role off the bench didn't affect his total playing time as he routinely is hitting 30 minutes per game on the floor.
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2018

After missing nearly 60 games during the 2017-18 campaign due to a sprained MCL, Terrence Ross bounced back in a big way in 2018-19. His 15.1 points per game blew away his previous career-high of 11.0 during the 2016-17 season. The University of Washington product also established career-high with 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 12.7 field goal attempts per game, including 7.0 from beyond the arc. That all culminated in a fifth-place finish in the voting for the Sixth Man of the Year award. Entering 2018-19, Ross had just one 30-point game in his career: a 51-point outburst in 2014. In 2018-19 alone, he topped 30 points four times, shooting a combined 25-of-43 (58.1 percent) from three in those contests. Each of those games came in the second half of the season and the 28-year-old continued to improve as the year went on. In his final four games, he averaged 27.3 points on 59.3 percent shooting (53.7 percent from three). Ross scored 35 points in the regular season finale on April 10, going 12-of-19 from the field and 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Ross scored 24 points in Game 3 of the Magic's first-round playoff series against Toronto. He finished the five-game series with averages of 13.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.2 steals.

2017

Entering his first full season with the Magic and primed for a bigger role, Ross started the first 20 games of the season. Over that span, he put up 9.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. On Nov. 27, however, Ross was lifted from the starting five in favor of Jonathon Simmons, in what appeared to be a defensive move by coach Frank Vogel. He lasted just two games as a reserve before disaster struck. Ross exited a Nov. 29 game against the Thunder with what appeared to be a knee injury, and he was later diagnosed with a sprained MCL and non-displaced fractured of his right tibial plateau. It was the first major injury of Ross' career and carried an indefinite return timetable. Ross ended up sidelined all the way until April, when he appeared in two of the Magic's last three regular season games. In the regular-season finale against Washington, Ross put up eight points, three rebounds and two blocks across 14 minutes in a winning effort. Ross showed flashes of capable production early in the year, but the Magic were unable to reap the benefits with him playing in a career-low 24 games. Despite the extended absence, Ross entered the following year with a clean bill of health.

2016

Ross was a little banged up again due to knee and thigh injuries leading up to his fifth NBA season, but he still suited up for the season opener. Poised for a similar reserve role with DeMarre Carroll still in town, Ross came off the bench for the first 16 games and put up a solid 10.9 points to go along with 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals. His best first-half effort came Dec. 12 against Milwaukee, when he put up 25 points in a 22-point victory. He chipped in 24 points later in the month against Golden State, albeit in a losing effort. Ross continued in a similar, yet somewhat inconsistent, role for the Raptors, but his season was shaken up in mid-February. Ross was dealt to the Magic on Feb. 14 in exchange for Serge Ibaka and a first-round pick. With Orlando, Ross started each of the 24 remaining games of the season, averaging 31.2 minutes over that span. He also put up averages of 12.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists -- all of which were improvements over his time in Toronto. The Magic finished the year with a record of 29-53 and did not qualify for the postseason.

2015

Ross proved to be a quick healer ahead of the 2015-16 season, bouncing back from May ankle surgery to be deemed healthy by preseason. Despite tweaking the ankle again during exhibition play, Ross was back in action for the regular-season opener Oct. 28. Ross came off the bench to start this season after working as a starter in previous years, due largely to the offseason acquisition of DeMarre Carroll. Ross still managed to put up 21 points in the season's second game, and after three games, the Raptors awarded him a three-year contract extension. He suffered a thumb ligament injury shortly thereafter, but it only cost him six games. After another few weeks as a reserve, Ross returned to the starting five with DeMarre Carroll (knee) out, putting up 22 points (8-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt) and six rebounds. He was back to the bench when Carroll returned, but he still put up 10.8 points per game during December. There were a few other high points this season despite the fact Ross came off the bench the rest of the campaign. His season-high 27 points came Feb. 28 against the Lakers, and he finished the year with a double-double, posting 24 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over the Nets. Ross also got his longest taste of playoff action, as the Raptors made it to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals before getting eliminated by the Cavaliers. He even recorded a new playoff career high of 19 points earlier in the postseason in a series opener against Miami.

2014

Ross appeared in a career-high 82 games during the 2014-15 campaign, his age-23 season. He overcame preseason knee and ankle injuries to still appear in the starting five on opening night. Ross put up 13 points across 28 minutes in a win over Atlanta that evening, knocking down three three-pointers in the contest. Through the end of November, the third-year player put up double figures 11 times in 17 opportunities. Ross even recorded back-to-back 20-point games Nov. 30 against the Lakers and Dec. 2 against the Kings. He started seeing more time at shooting guard over this early part of the season, as DeMar DeRozan sat out from Nov. 30 to Jan. 12 due to a groin injury. Shortly after DeRozan returned, however, Ross lost his starting spot and came off the bench from Jan. 19 to March 4, losing playing time to James Johnson as well. His time as a reserve wasn't completely void of highlights, however, as Ross did put up 23 points in a Feb. 4 matchup against the Nets. He eventually won back the starting gig March 6 and averaged 9.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists from that point forward. Ross remained a starter in the postseason, but the Raptors were swept by the Wizards in the opening round. Ross did improve his playoff marks a bit from the prior season, posting 7.0 points and knocking down six three-pointers in the series.

2013

While Ross still had a few aspects of his game to work on, the Raptors showed faith in the second-year wing by activating their third-year team option on his rookie contract in advance of the 2013-14 season. He began the season coming off the bench, but joined the starting lineup Dec. 12 and never relinquished his spot after that. Ross continued as a regular contributor but broke out on the national stage in late-January. In a Jan. 25 loss to the Clippers, Ross set a new career high with 51 points, draining 10 three-pointers in that contest. The scoring effort tied Vince Carter's franchise record, which was set back in 2000. It was also the first time in NBA history a player who had been averaging less than double figures put up a 50-point performance. Ross was able to build on that momentum, averaging 11.9 points in the month of March. When it was all said and done, Ross finished fifth on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg) and was second to only Kyle Lowry in three-pointers made with 161. Ross shot 39.5 percent from distance, up significantly from the mark of 33.2 percent he put up in his rookie season. With the Raptors finishing the regular season 48-34, Ross was also able to see his first postseason action. The Raptors took the Nets seven games in the opening-round loss, and Ross started each one, averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals in the series.

2012

Ross was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft. In his NBA debut Oct. 31 against the Pacers, Ross was scoreless, but picked up a rebound in six minutes of action. He continued to progress from there, steadily increasing his minutes total. On Jan. 2, Ross scored a career-high 26 points (8-14 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT) in a blowout win over Portland. During All-Star weekend , he emerged victorious in the 2013 Slam Dunk Contest. In the season's second half, Ross made his first career start Mar. 10 against the Cavaliers, collecting 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in the victory. That started a 15-game stretch, over which Ross averaged 8.1 points and 2.2 rebounds. He appeared in 73 games by the time it was all said and done, providing a key rotation piece for the Raptors to build around.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a rookie contract with the Toronto Raptors.
  • November 2, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract extension with the Toronto Raptors.
  • February 14, 2017
    Traded by the Toronto Raptors with a 2017 1st round draft pick to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka.
  • July 6, 2019
    Signed a four-year deal as a free agent with the Orlando Magic.
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Due to various leg injuries, Ross was limited to 24 games during his first full year with Orlando. The 27-year-old started 20 of those contests, averaging 9.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals across 26.9 minutes in that role. He struggled with efficiency, shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from three. However, it’s unlikely he was 100 percent healthy and the sample size was relatively small. From 2014-15 through 2016-17, he shot 42.5 percent from the field and hit 1.8 threes at 37.9 percent, claiming a 52.6 effective field-goal percentage. So, assuming he can remain healthy, Ross is a candidate for a bounce-back campaign. Minutes won't be easy to come by, though, as Jonathan Isaac (who played only 27 games due to a persistent ankle injury), Jonathon Simmons and Evan Fournier all remain on the roster.
Ross, a member of the Raptors for the first four years of his career, was dealt to the Magic at the trade deadline last year in the move that brought Serge Ibaka to Toronto. The move gave Ross a solid bump in playing time, jumping from 22.4 minutes per game up to 31.2 minutes per game as he became the starting small forward in Orlando for the second half of the season. He failed to step up his game within the new role, however, seeing his points per game rise from 10.4 with the Raptors up to just 12.5 with his new squad. Considering nearly all of Ross’ Fantasy value comes due to his ability as a scorer, the second half of 2016-17 was somewhat disconcerting. With the Magic, in addition to his 12.5 points, he provided only 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting a subpar 43.1 percent from the field and drilling 1.9 threes at a 34.1 percent clip. Orlando seemingly felt lukewarm about his production as well, as they drafted wing player Jonathan Issac while adding Jonathon Simmons and Arron Afflalo through free agency. When looking at Ross’ production with Orlando as well as their offseason additions, it seems safe to say his Fantasy value will likely take a downturn heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
One of the biggest disappointments for the Raptors last season, Ross' game seemed to regress across the board to the point that the third-year player was considered a likely candidate to get dealt heading into the draft, and he averaged 26 minutes, 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 1.8 three-pointers in 82 games while shooting 41 percent from the floor, 37 percent from three-point range, and 79 percent from the free-throw line. An athletic wing who seems to have all the tools to at least be an effective 3-and-D player, he instead loses focus too often on the defensive end and seems unwilling to assert himself on offense, either in attacking the rim or as a shooter. With DeMarre Carroll signed to be the new starting small forward and Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams in other uniforms though, Ross now looks to be one of the primary scoring threats off the bench as opposed to the forgotten man in the starting lineup, a role he could be more comfortable with. Memories of his 51-point night against the Clippers two Januarys ago are still fresh enough that Ross will get one more chance to prove himself in Toronto, but time is running out.
When Rudy Gay was dealt to Sacramento early last season, second-year wing Terrence Ross inherited the starting small forward spot and found some success, including a 51-point explosion against the Clippers in late January. Ross' overall numbers in 62 starts were solid for a player without a key role in the offense, as he averaged 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers, 1.1 assists, and 0.9 steals in 29 minutes per game, with shooting percentages of 43 percent from the field, 85 percent from the free-throw line, and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Even more will be expected from Ross this time around. He's got the elite athleticism and hops to be a force at both ends of the court, and with DeMar DeRozan's frequent visits to the free-throw line as a model, Ross should be able to start finding ways to attack the basket on a more consistent basis. The re-acquisition of James Johnson in the offseason could provide a threat to Ross' minutes, as Johnson offers a little more length on defense from the small forward spot, but barring a training camp disaster, Ross' starting spot at the three should be secure.
Ross' rookie season was predictably inconsistent, but his retro Vinsanity slam dunk contest win brought him plenty of attention anyway. He's a fantastic athlete with great hops and some feel for shooting from long range, but with Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan in firm control of the starting wing spots, Ross will remain a bench player for the foreseeable future. That role might be the best thing for his development though, and another year or two as a defense and sharpshooting specialist should allow him to hone his skill set and be ready to blossom once a starting spot opens up for him.
In a somewhat surprising move, the Raptors drafted the raw but talented Ross with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Ross entered the draft after his sophomore season at the University of Washington, where he averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Huskies. Coming out of Washington, Ross was lauded for his defense, long-range shooting ability, and court vision, all traits that should endear him well to the Raptors coaching staff. How quickly those skills will translate to the next level remains the question for Ross, however. With DeMar DeRozan the incumbent starter at shooting guard and free agent signing Landry Fields likely inserted at the other wing position to start the season, Ross might have to settle for a bench role from the outset. On a positive note, Ross showed some definite promise in five summer league games, averaging 14.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game. Ross may struggle initially as he gains familiarity with the increased speed of the NBA, but as a building block for the team’s future, the Raptors will in all likelihood give him a trial run in the starting lineup at some point during the season.
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Season highs in points, threes
FOrlando Magic
March 5, 2020
Ross posted 35 points (12-18 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT) during Wednesday's 116-113 loss to the Heat.
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Drops 23 in loss
FOrlando Magic
March 2, 2020
Ross scored 23 points (7-15 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Monday's 130-107 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Connects on four triples in loss
FOrlando Magic
March 1, 2020
Ross tallied 21 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes during Saturday's 114-113 loss to the Spurs.
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Pours in season-high 33 in win
FOrlando Magic
February 28, 2020
Ross scored a season-high 33 points (13-25 FG, 7-15 3Pt) while adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes off the bench during Friday's 136-125 win over the Timberwolves.
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Drops 21 off bench
FOrlando Magic
February 24, 2020
Ross scored 21 points (8-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding eight rebounds, an assist and a steal in 28 minutes during Monday's 115-113 win over the Nets.
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