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Thunder report card: Terrance Ferguson had historic season for a 20-year-old

Terrance Ferguson had a good sophomore season for the Thunder, at age 20 making 74 starts and turning into a good shooter and valuable defender. Here are the grades for Ferguson’s 2018-19 season:


Development: A. Ferguson went from .333 3-point shooting as a rookie to .366 this season, including 40.3 percent on corner 3’s. Ferguson’s improved shooting is dramatically underrated. In NBA history, 54 players 20 years or younger have attempted at least 200 3-point shots. From that list, Ferguson’s .366 ranks 17th in percentage, ahead of Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker.


Fouling: C. Ferguson fouled like a madman in his rookie year, but it didn’t get better this season. Ferguson averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes this season, compared to 3.9 per 36 minutes last season. Ferguson had three fouls by halftime of each of the first three games of the Portland playoff series. That must improve.


Defense: B. Ferguson became a good on-ball defender this season. Good enough to give Paul George some rest from having to hound the opponent’s best player. Ferguson is long and quick, with solid instincts. He has the potential to turn into an elite defender.


Ballhandling: C. Ferguson averaged 0.9 turnovers per 36 minutes, but it seemed like more. He was uneasy with the ball in his hands, unless it was to launch. Eighty percent of Ferguson’s shots came without a dribble, and 86.3 percent of his shots came less than two seconds after receiving a pass. Ferguson could go invisible at times on offense, and that’s because there was little reason to pass him the ball unless he was open for a shot.


Starting: A. Ferguson quite ably filled the Andre Roberson role. Though not the defensive dynamo Roberson was, Ferguson gave the Thunder its best shooting from the starting 2-guard position since Thabo Sefolosha’s 2012-13 season. Among the 16 NBA lineups that played at least 400 minutes, the Thunder’s starting unit ranked fifth in the NBA, with an 8.4 point differential per 48 minutes.

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Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Cowboys won 6-5. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City's Terrance Ferguson (23) celebrates a basket during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Cowboys won 6-5. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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