With only a few days to go until the NBA Draft, we’re going to break down a few mock draft selections for the Thunder. We’ve already done six, Semi Ojeleye, Luke Kinnard, Jawun Evans, Harry Giles, Justin Jackson, OG Anunoby, Derrick White, and TJ Leaf.We’re going to break down a couple more. Stay with us as the NBA season ends and the NBA offseason ramps up.
Who: Terrance Ferguson
Position: Shooting Guard/Shooting Forward
Where: Adelaide (AUS)
Wt: 186 lbs.
Terrance Ferguson is one of the most intriguing and interesting prospects in the draft Thursday. Ferguson was rated a five-star and was one of the most highly touted recruits coming out of Texas. He was originally set to play with Arizona, but ended up in the Australian Basketball League overseas. He has good height for a shooting guard at 6-7, but lacks in frame at only 186 pounds. Ferguson is an athletic freak and at least worth taking a flier on for Oklahoma City.
Ferguson was a great shooter in high school and continued to impress in the Nike Hoops Summit, hitting seven three pointers in a row for Team USA. His numbers dipped in limited action in Australia to 32 percent but that shouldn’t be too much of a concern as his numbers rose when inserted into the starting lineup. He has a strong dribble pull-up and is great in transition. Ferguson is a great defender and has unlimited potential on that side of the ball. He could develop into a nice “3-and-D” player in the NBA. He is extremely athletic and has nice bounce. He isn’t worried about his shot attempt numbers and looks to make the extra pass. Watching over his highlights, his release really reminds me of Ray Allen, very quick and smooth. He has a lot of confidence and is only 19 years old which means unlimited potential. He gets nice elevation on his jumper that would allow him to shoot over the top of defenders.
Ferguson is not a great ball handler. He is a little out of control and doesn’t go anywhere with his dribble. He has a ton of athleticism but sometimes looks lost on the court like he doesn’t know how to use it. Ferguson has a super smooth jumper but it is also very streaky. He doesn’t really have another dimension to his game besides spot-up shooting and crazy athleticism/defense. He struggles to create his own shot sometimes and isn’t a huge play maker. He is only 186 pounds which generates concern, as he’s not as bulky as most NBA shooting guards. Right now, he is limited to mostly catch-and-shoot jumpers, but he definitely has room and time for improvement.
WHY OKC NEEDS HIM
Ferguson is probably the biggest question mark in the entire draft. But, his athleticism and shooting alone should draw the attention of the Thunder. Especially if Oklahoma City can’t pay Andre Roberson, they are gonna need someone to step in and be a good defender. It doesn’t need to happen right away, but Ferguson could be that guy. Ever since the Thunder moved to Oklahoma City they have been lacking a true 3-and-D guy which is extremely valued in the NBA. Terrance Ferguson may never be an all-star but he has the potential to be a really solid NBA player and could be a perfect fit with the Thunder.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!