Raptors’ OG Anunoby about 10 days away from playing
Toronto Raptors wing OG Anunoby has missed the entire postseason as a result of undergoing an emergency appendectomy, but according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, Anunoby is about 10 days away from playing.
Murphy notes that Anunoby is healed but “not quite 100 percent.” He also states that Anunoby is taking contact.
Given that Anunoby is arguably the Raptors’ second-best perimeter defender behind Kawhi Leonard, this is obviously good news, as it puts him on track to return at some point during the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Anunoby played in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds over 20.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The 21-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Indiana University, was originally selected by Toronto in the first round (23rd pick overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
He appeared in 74 contests and made 62 starts during his rookie campaign, registering 5.9 points and 2.5 boards across 20.0 minutes a night while making 47.1 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.1 percent of his long-distance tries and 62.9 percent of his foul shots.
Over the summer, while the Raptors were in trade talks with the San Antonio Spurs for Leonard, many felt Anunoby would have to go in the deal, but Toronto ended up being able to hold on to him.
The Raptors will take on the Warriors in Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night.