Terrance Ferguson is a shooting guard who has NBA-ready athleticism. His lateral quickness and jumping ability make him a guy who can guard three positions on the wing. I project his defense to be his calling card if he’s going to become an impact NBA player. Ferguson also has great size for a guy that can play both shooting guard and small forward. He stands at 6’7″ and has a 6’8″ wingspan. His length combined with his athleticism could make him a potential force on the defensive end. Ferguson’s physical attributes will play a key role in his professional basketball career. It also gives him the ability to shoot over smaller defenders. Offensively Ferguson is just a catch and shoot player at this point in his career. He possesses good form in his jump shot and should be able to continue to shoot it at a high level in the NBA. He will make his money from the three-point line at the offense end. He is the traditional 3-and-D shooting guard.
Where Ferguson struggles is when he has the ball in his hands. He lacks the ability to handle the ball, let alone create space offensively. Any time he stops the ball movement there is a good possibility of a turnover. Add to that that Ferguson isn’t a very good passer. Without the ability to dribble or pass out of pressure, it might be hard to get him on the floor. These weaknesses sound much like the same ones Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had coming out of Georgia. Defensively, Ferguson needs to play tougher. A lot of times his opponent can drive right through him and get to the rim. This could be improved with more muscle added to his lean build.
The wing averaged 4.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game with the Adelaide 36ers this year.
At this point it would be hard to see Ferguson getting meaningful minutes with the Pistons next year should they draft him. While I love his potential on defense and his shooting ability, it’s hard to play a guard who’s a liability with the ball in his hands. Maybe after a year in the developmental league, he could be a contributor for Detroit, but he just has too many issues to work out at this point to justify a roster spot.
Ferguson is projected to be selected with the 23rd pick in this year’s draft in the latest DraftExpress mock draft. His stock is currently trending downwards, as he was previously a projected lottery pick.
You can watch Ferguson’s highlights with the Adelaide 36ers below.
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