When the season shut down in March, we turned in our 2019-20 season report card knowing that basketball as we knew it was concluding for a long while. That’s how the NBA handled their 2019-20 awards as well–only counting the games played before the pandemic suspension in awards voting. But basketball did come back, and the Thunder’s players earned bonus points over the final stretch.
New Grade: D
Unlike most of his teammates, the 2019-20 season was not a year of redemption for Terrance Ferguson. Essentially all of Ferguson’s statistics regressed his third season, with the emergence of Lu Dort rendering him an afterthought in the Thunder’s rotation. Which each wayward three that Ferguson pulled, you could see him doubt himself more and more. This ultimately resulted in a reluctance to shoot even open looks, and appeared to leave him in a constant state of uncertainty with the ball in his hands.
Unfortunately for Ferguson, his postseason play did not change this narrative. Ferguson only appeared in four of the seven games, playing a total of just 42 minutes. In that time, he connected on just two of his ten long-range tries, while only attempting one two-point field goal. On paper, Ferguson possesses all of the tools to be a coveted 3&D wing for the Thunder, but his production has yet to come to fruition. Oklahoma City has been patient while waiting for Ferguson to develop, but after a truly disappointing season, that patience is likely running thin.