With all the build-up to this draft, the Oklahoma City decided to stay at 21 and selected hometown kid Terrance Ferguson. The 6’7″ wing last played for the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League in Australia. He played in 30 games averaging 15 minutes per game. He scored 4.6 points on 39.1% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from deep.
Ferguson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. After high school, he had many scholarship offers from different universities, most notably Alabama and Arizona, but instead chose to go overseas to pursue professional opportunities. He signed with Adelaide and played in 30 of their 31 games. The one game he did miss was due to suspension after striking Mark Worthington of the Cairns Taipans a player from another team. He helped lead the 36ers to the league semifinals, where they eventually lost to the Brisbane Bullets in the 3rd game of a 3 game series.
Ferguson oozes with NBA athleticism and is also known for his shooting stroke from deep. He needs to get bigger to compete against the rigors of the league, but he has the raw talent to make something of himself in the league. He’s a project and likely will spend some time in the G-League next season.
In my opinion, it’s a pick that could have ramifications in the next few seasons. If Ferguson develops into the 3-and-D threat he is purported to become, it could be big for the Thunder. Any pick in the 20’s is a crap shoot, so the Thunder went with potential. Hopefully it turns out to be a good pick in a season or two.