Mid-Season Report Card: Quinton Ross

Stats: 34 G, 4 GS, 1.6 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .439 FG%, .357 FT%, 3.87 PER

Preseason expectations: “We don’t know how much Ross will play (heck, he may even be the team’s final cut if the Nets like the two undrafted guys — Zoubek and Uzoh— more), but one this is for sure, when he plays he will play very good defense.  It also doesn’t hurt to have a guy who is a 6 year vet and by all accounts is a good guy around all of the youngsters.  He could be the Joe Smith of the guards.”

The Good: The only good thing about Quinton Ross aside from the fact that he has an expiring contract and won’t be on the team next year is the comedic fodder that he provides for writers and bloggers league-wide. He’s also more intelligent about his shot-taking than someone like, say, Johan Petro. At least he knows he can’t contribute on offense. He’s supposed to be a good defender, too, but I’ve never really seen that.

The Bad: Look at those statistics above. Is there a single one that isn’t hilarious? I didn’t think so. Quinton Ross is inept on both sides of the ball and really doesn’t deserve to be in the NBA. He doesn’t hit open shots, he doesn’t pass, he doesn’t rebound. He’s basically a placeholder on the floor. And when you play for the Nets, that’s saying something.

The Extra: The guy is the reincarnation of Trenton Hassell — he likes to shoot from the short corner, he has an inexplicable reputation of being good on defense, and he’s bald. The similarities are uncanny.

Final Grade: Quinton Ross is in no position to help the Nets out in the future, and the chances he gets re-signed to the team are lower than the chances Kiki Vandeweghe comes back to coach. The only reason he doesn’t get an F here is because he doesn’t really try to do more than he’s capable of, like some other players on the roster. Grade: D-

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