Ross Continues to be One of NBA's Best Reserves

by Josh Cohen

ORLANDO – Last season, Terrence Ross became the first player in NBA history to make over 200 3-pointers without starting in a single game.

Although that was, arguably, his most extraordinary accomplishment in 2018-19, it wasn’t his only impressive feat.

One of the other things he did a lot of throughout the year was draw fouls on 3-point attempts. The 6-foot-6, 206-pounder, in fact, was tied with Kemba Walker for second in the league in this category, only behind James Harden, who was fouled an incredible 93 times while in the act of a 3-point shot.

So far this year, Ross has been fouled nine times on 3-point tries, which is currently tied with Utah's Donovan Mitchell for sixth most in the NBA, per Second Spectrum tracking data.

Ross, who like most of his Magic teammates struggled out of the gate, has looked the last few weeks far more like the player that last year finished fifth in Sixth Man of the Year voting. The 28-year-old is averaging 15.6 points over his last 10 games, slightly more than what he averaged all of last season. During this span, he has made 46.7 percent of his field goal attempts and 35.5 percent of his 3-point tries.

Ross finished Wednesday’s win, Orlando’s third straight, with 22 points. He wasn’t the only one to thrive, though. One of the Magic’s other top performers was Aaron Gordon, who erupted for 32 points on 13-of-15 shooting overall and 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.

What’s amazing about that stat line is that it wasn’t the first time the 6-foot-9, versatile forward had a night where he scored at least 30 and made all five of his threes.

In 2017 during a game against the Nets, Gordon tallied 41 points, his career high, while knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts. He’s now the only Magic player to do it more than once. The only other Magic player to accomplish this was Penny Hardaway, who scored 35 points and went 5-for-5 from downtown in a 1996 game against the Spurs.

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