Toronto Raptors: Statistical projections for 2019 starters

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Small Forward: OG Anunoby

Statistical Projections: 10 PPG, 2 APG, 6 RPG, 1.2 SPG, .6 BPG, 51 eFG%

Similar to Powell, OG Anunoby is expected to take the next step. The replacement for Kawhi at small forward, OG has pressure to perform. His season was marred with injuries and personal matters last year, but this is season provides a fresh slate.

He’ll be starting at the three spot, which brings some of the best players in the game to his doorstep. With questions coming at the offensive end, there likely won’t be a coming-out party for OG, but there should be noticeable improvement.

Hopefully, OG has been in the gym working on his offense. It’s not something that the team will rely on, but they will surely be grateful if he can give them some decent production. OG will show an increase in his points, particularly on drives and transition opportunities.

Anunoby’s three-point shooting could continue to be the weak link in his game. He was an average shooter in college, and after an impressive rookie season, took a step back last year. Those struggles from beyond the arc should continue to limit his overall EFG%.

He should increase his assists and rebounding numbers due to more minutes and understanding of the NBA. However, don’t expect overwhelming production as OG isn’t in the starting lineup because of his offensive capabilities. It’s about his defense.

OG has been a skilled defender in his short career. In limited playing time, he has shown that he can lock up some of the games best wing scorers. A mix of athleticism and intensity is what makes him such a proficient defender.

With more minutes OG should see an increase in his steals and blocks per game. His impact should be even greater than those numbers.

After being dislodged last season, the team’s hope is OG will feel more comfortable back in the starting lineup. If not, Toronto may look to other options.