Dwane Casey not committing to Norman Powell or OG Anunoby as Raptors starter
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has a decision to make in terms of who to start at small forward. Norman Powell, who has started for most of the season, is closing in on his return from a hip injury. However, rookie OG Anunoby has played well in his place.
Casey is not going to commit to any decision involving the two, though, and will instead opt to wait for Powell’s return before making his choice.
Casey wouldn't commit to Anunoby or Powell as the starter long-term, will figure it out when Norm's back. He's still day-to-day but will travel with the team
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 21, 2017
It’s a testament to how well Anunoby has played that there’s even a debate as to whether he should start for the rest of the season. The rookie has slotted into the starting unit very well, providing solid defense and even coming up with a couple of double-digit scoring games.
Anunoby’s superior size and defensive ability are his main assets, but he’s also been knocking down three-pointers, which adds to his case to hold down the starting spot.
Meanwhile, Powell hasn’t exactly been convincing when he has started. He’s averaging just 8.3 points on 41 percent shooting this season and shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc. He might be better served adding more firepower to the Raptors’ second unit, which has been one of the best in the league this season.