Raptors’ Nick Nurse addresses OG Anunoby’s situation, says they will go for the ‘clean slate approach’ next season
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby failed to play in the 2019 NBA Playoffs, but head coach Nick Nurse remains high on the former Indiana standout.
Nurse, who recently led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship, said that Anunoby will get his chance next season. He believes that the young forward has a bright future ahead of him in the league, and he actually projected him to be their starting power forward last summer.
“He’s a super talented young player,” Nurse said of Anunoby via Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. “We’ll have to kind of go with the clean slate approach. He’s very young basketball-wise. We love his length, athleticism.”
The Raptors were very excited with Anunoby this season, especially after his performance in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. However, the 21-year-old missed the entire playoffs this year after undergoing an emergency appendectomy late in the regular season. He was ruled out for only two weeks but eventually spent a month on the sidelines.
He was actually activated before Game 2 of their 2019 NBA Finals showdown with the Golden State Warriors, but did not see action for the entire series. Before undergoing surgery, the second-year forward, who was the 23rd pick in 2017, averaged 7.0 points in 20.2 minutes per game for the Raptors.