NBA fans love a high-flyer and continuing in that tradition this season has been rookie Terrence Ross. The Toronto Raptors rookie has quickly emerged as a fan-favorite north of the border thanks to his acrobatic dunks and all-around solid play.
The rookie first-round pick out of the University of Washington is averaging just 7 points and 2 rebounds a game, but those numbers don’t fully reflect Ross’ recent impact on the Raptors. He had by far his best game of the season last week against the Portland Trail Blazers when going off for 26 points with five rebounds and a pair of steals. In the game, Ross also displayed a smooth shooting touch by connecting on six 3-pointers.
Ross’ rapid improvement has also helped lead the last-place Raptors to a record of 8-3 since Dec. 16. Though Toronto certainly has plenty of issues at this point, in Ross they may have potential building block for the franchise. Next will be to see if Ross obliges to public demand and takes part in the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend.