OKC Thunder Breakdown: 3 key areas Terrance Ferguson can improve upon next season

Terrance Ferguson #23 of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
Terrance Ferguson #23 of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Shooting inconsistencies:

Many OKC Thunder fans want to peg Ferguson as a “knockdown 3-point shooter” or an “elite 3-point shooter” when that’s simply not yet the case.

Ranking in the 62nd percentile among shooting guards in 3-point percentage (37 percent) last season, Ferguson has shown a nice shooting touch so far throughout his career.

But what is really holding Ferguson back from being considered an elite shooter is his lack of consistency thus far.

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Despite being assisted on all of his 3-point makes and having 63 percent of his trey’s being considered open (four plus feet of space), Ferguson has major highs and lows in terms of 3-point percentage.

Three-point percentage by month:

  • October: 07.7 percent
  • November: 33.3 percent
  • December: 36.7 percent
  • January: 47.9 percent
  • February: 35.2 percent
  • March: 29.9 percent
  • April: 41.9 percent

Ferguson had three months of above league average shooting from beyond the arc (35.5) and three-months below it. While that doesn’t seem like an issue that needs fixing, it’s his lack of “difficult shots” that concerns me.

In Conclusion:

Ferguson is a good shooter who (so far) primarily takes open, catch and shoot corner treys. If Ferguson wants to be known as a threat around the league as a knockdown shooter from the perimeter, he’s going to have to iron out a few problems and inconsistencies in his game.

However, at only 21 years of age, Ferguson has shown 3&D potential if he continues to round out his overall game.

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Surrounded by multiple playmakers this year in Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder and Danilo Gallinari, look for Ferguson to make another big leap going into his third year.