Terrence Ross Is Like Becoming A Teacher

Posted on June 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

With a day to reflect on the draft, I thought I would clarify some of my thoughts on the Raptors selection of Terrence Ross. And in line with last year’s defense of the selection of Jonas Valanciunas, I went with a rather unique comparison.

Now as I said in my Draft Report Card, I like him. In fact, I said this in my Player Rankings:

It always amazes me that guys like this always end up falling where they do, while far less skilled guys get drafted above them.

I obviously think he’s a good player and wouldn’t be surprised in the least to see him being one of the 10 best players in the draft. In fact, glancing at the players drafted, I would be surprised if he wasn’t. I think he might very well be better than DeRozan immediately and won’t make anyone ever regret drafting him.

I would have drafted Ross over Dion Waiters, Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers, Meyers Leonard, John Henson, Moe Harkless and all but a few of the players drafted after him (and only Andre Drummond I have any real strong feelings about).

I’ve read and heard different comparisons for him, including Michael Finley, Richard Hamilton and Jason Richardson. I think his more likely career route is a Courtney Lee. Definitely not bad at all, and in fact I would be thrilled to have a guy like Courtney Lee on my team. I think he’s good enough to be a starter on a Championship team, in fact.

And in any other year I’d be applauding the pick, since they got possibly the second best SG and a guy who might very well be the 7th or 8th best player in the draft with the 8th pick.

So I’m guessing you have two questions. The first is why I gave the Raptors a Needs Improvement grade (basically a fail) and how on earth Ross is like becoming a teacher.

Well, let me first say that I have the utmost respect for teachers. I think they are, for the most part, underpaid, underappreciated and perform one of societies most important jobs. My kids have been very lucky to have had first rate teachers, and I am heavily involved in the school they attend.

In my experience, though, most kids don’t grow up wanting to be a teacher. For many, it was either a fallback or simply something they eventually gravitated towards. One of my children’s first grade teachers used to be a lawyer.

And I’m not just talking about school teachers, but any type of teachers. Music teachers usually didn’t start out wanting to be music teachers. It was a fallback. That’s not saying it can’t be an extremely fulfilling and important job. I know many teachers who are passionate about their job and love it. And their students are better for it.

The thing about many teachers, though, is many had “bigger” dreams. Most music teachers dreamt of being musicians. Art teachers dreamt of being artists. The thing is, very few musicians make a living as a musician. And fewer still make a good living at it. It’s a huge gamble and one that rarely pays off, but you can’t be a music star if you don’t try. You have to bet on yourself and not be afraid of failing. Without music teachers, though, most of those successful musicians would never have become successful.

Selecting Terrence Ross is like becoming a teacher, in that they had, or should have had, “bigger” dreams for this draft, but became a teacher, instead. And, unfortunately, the teachers aren’t the ones who get the glory. It all depends on what your goal is. To teach or to strive for greatness. Colangelo went for teaching. But the road to a Championship is paved with greatness.

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