OKC Thunder: Re-Grading the Terrance Ferguson Draft Pick

Terrance Ferguson #23 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Is time running out on Terrance Ferguson?

One of the biggest “problems” with Ferguson is that you never really know when to give up on a player of his caliber. One night, he can look like a player who has a 12-year future in this league as a starter and a high-level 3-and-D player. The next night, he will look like a deer in headlights, as if he has no idea what a basketball even is.

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The bottom line is, Terrance Ferguson, lost his starting spot to an undrafted free agent in Lu Dort, and unlike the last undrafted free agent that the OKC Thunder faithful fell in love with, I do not think Dort is fading anytime soon.

By the way, I still need to take a victory lap on being consistent with my “Deonte Burton is just a gimmick.” take.

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Ferguson will be in Oklahoma City next year, that is not even a question in my mind. He has no trade value, and you are not just outright cutting bait with him–that would just be idiotic–but what is his potential now?

Throw out the hype coming in, just take it for what he has done on the floor. Do you still believe in his once high 3-and-D ceiling?

Despite being just 22-years old, he is going to be a rotational player for the rest of his career. To what degree can he impact the game? That is for him to decide.

However, if I am Sam Presti and the OKC Thunder, I have no problem drafting over Terrance Ferguson, and putting this project on the back burner.

The days of thinking Ferguson is a long term starting shooting guard in Oklahoma City have come and gone for me.

The Final Grade: D+.

He has shown potential, he has shown flashes and even some production! However, given the talent passed on, and his career outlook, he earns a D+ to this point.

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What grade would you give the Terrance Ferguson pick with the privilege of hindsight?