Raptors’ Nick Nurse reveals summer league plan for OG Anunoby
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby is unlikely to play in the 2019 NBA Summer League. According to Eric Koreen of The Athletic, Nick Nurse confirmed that there is a slim chance for Anunoby’s stint in the summer league. Nurse, who became the most recent rookie coach to win a championship, feels that Anunoby is “past that” after already spending two full seasons with the Raptors.
The 21-year-old guard is coming off a disappointing season. He was expected to become a vital cog off the bench for the Raptors in their playoff run this season, but he missed the entire postseason due to an injury. Late in the regular season, he had to undergo an emergency appendectomy, which sidelined him for more than a month.
The former Indiana standout was cleared to play in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals, but he did not get a chance to see action in the entire series. But despite his absence in the playoffs, Nurse remains high on him, and is expecting the young forward to bounce back stronger next season.
“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.”
In his first two seasons in the league, Anunoby averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. Anunoby remains in contract with the Raptors next season, and is set to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2021.