OKC Thunder wing Terrance Ferguson gives back to his native Tulsa community

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) /

OKC Thunder wingman Terrance Ferguson held his second annual charity event in his native Tulsa Oklahoma to distribute backpacks and school supplies.

If you recall during Terrance Ferguson‘s draft year he was always hoping to land with the OKC Thunder. That’s because the young wing grew up in the area, specifically in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Entering his third season with the OKC Thunder, Ferguson hopes to take another step in his growth on the team. Last season Ferguson moved into a starting role on the team replacing injured Andre Roberson.

The shooting guard’s stats featured per game averages of 6.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists. Additionally, the youngster made strides from the perimeter where he connected at a 36.6 percent efficiency up from his rookie season of 33.3 percent. Yet, it was his defense that the OKC Thunder relied on, especially given ARob’s absence.

Moving forward into the 2019-20 season there is uncertainty where the guard will garner his minutes. First of all the addition of Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would logically find them both in the starting rotation. It makes sense to have SGA get as much benefit from playing alongside CP3 as the team can while he remains here.

That leaves the small forward position open which may not be best suited for Ferguson given his size. Couple that with the return of Andre Roberson and it’s likely TFerg occupies more reserve minutes this campaign.

Ferguson is working this offseason to add strength and develop his skills on both sides of the court, but this past weekend he took time out to give back to the community. As per the above Fox 23 video:

"“Tulsa is home for me,” Ferguson said. “Home for my family. Born and raised here. Just to give back to my community out here is always a blessing. We count our blessings each and every day, and this is one of them.”"

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For the second year in a row Terrance and his mother, Rachelle Holdman was in Tulas to hand out backpacks and school supplies.

The wingman also was on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with the youngsters in attendance.

In all, the Ferguson family distributed 250 backpacks and TFerg noted he hopes to grow the event annually.

While happy to inspire the children to follow their dreams his main message was on how important it is to give back.

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Ferguson joins Chris Paul, Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who all spent time this summer in philanthropic efforts either in OKC or their home cities.