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Terrance Ferguson practices for Thunder with no restrictions after car accident

Thunder, Terrance Ferguson

The Oklahoma City Thunder received terrifying news when it was announced that guard Terrance Ferguson was involved in a car crash on the way to a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Thankfully, the collision was not serious and Ferguson was not injured. He missed the Grizzlies game, but he is back to practicing with the team:

Ferguson has played an important role for the Thunder since the team selected him 21st overall in the 2017 draft.

At only 20 years of age, Ferguson played in 74 games for the Thunder last season, averaging 6.9 points per game while shooting 36.6 percent from downtown.

This year, it’s likely that the Thunder asks Ferguson to take on an even bigger role. While he will probably lose his starting role to newcomer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Ferguson will be one of the first names called off the bench.

If Ferguson can embrace a sixth man role (with occasional starts considering Chris Paul’s age and injury history) the Thunder will have an excellent weapon to deploy from their bench, where they badly need some firepower.

The Thunder aren’t likely to make the playoffs, but this season is key for the development of young players like Ferguson. OKC fans will be excited to see how Ferguson, Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, and Darius Bazley grow and mature.

Ferguson just turned 21 in May and has a high ceiling. Who knows? He could develop into the team’s next great homegrown talent.