Raptors’ OG Anunoby says he’s continuing to get back to 100%
Toronto Raptors wing OG Anunoby did not play at all in the team’s run to an NBA championship last season as the result of an emergency appendectomy he underwent in April.
Considered one of the best defensive players on the Raptors’ roster, Anunoby is expected to play a rather key role heading into the 2019-20 campaign, especially given the departure of Kawhi Leonard. So, it’s obviously important that Anunoby is fully healed and ready to go.
According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, Anunoby says he is feeling good and is working his way back to 100 percent.
OG Anunoby said he started getting his energy back and feeling good in the summer and is continuing to get back to 100%.
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) September 28, 2019
Anunoby played in 67 games this past year, averaging seven points and 2.9 rebounds over 20.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from three-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line.
It was actually viewed as a pretty disappointing season for Anunoby, as expectations were fairly high after an impressive rookie year.
The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Indiana University, was originally selected by the Raptors 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 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.
Anunoby then had an impressive showing in the 2018 playoffs and was particularly lauded for his defense on LeBron James in the second round.
With Leonard gone, Anunoby will likely assume a significant role in Toronto’s rotation so long as he is healthy.