By Drew Packham, NBA.com
LAS VEGAS — The Raptors’ top pick in the 2012 Draft admitted he was tired.
Still, after his five games in Las Vegas, Terrence Ross said he can’t wait to get back in the gym.
“I had to fight through some fatigue,” Ross said after scoring five point in just 17 minutes in his final Summer League game. “Now I know what I need to work on.”
Ross, taken with the No. 8 pick in the Draft, says he’ll travel back to Portland, Ore., and begin his preparations for his rookie season, focusing especially on his conditioning. The shooting guard out of Washington averaged 14.4 points in five games, but shot just 37.1 percent from the floor, admitting his shot suffered because of his tired legs.
“That’s a big part of being a shooting guard is fighting through adversity,” said Toronto coach Dwane Casey. “As a shooting guard, you’re getting bodied, you’re getting held, so you’ve got to be able to fight through that takes a lot of energy. He’s got to learn how to fight through that.”
Casey says he’s expecting Ross to come in and push returning two-guard DeMar DeRozan for playing time. DeRozan, entering his fourth season, averaged 16.7 points and played a team-high 35.0 minutes per game last season, but saw his shooting numbers go down for the third straight season. Also in the fold is recently acquired Landry Fields, whom the Raptors landed when New York chose not to match Toronto’s three-year offer worth a reported $20 million.
“He needs to stay hungry, not feel like he’s already arrived,” Casey said. “I think the most important thing is to come in and push DeMar and our other wings for playing time. … To do that, he’ll need to be in supreme shape and conditioned.”