Toronto Raptors: Top five performances from a comfortable week five

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2. OG Anunoby

Opponent: Charlotte Hornets

Stat line: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 77% field goal

There isn’t much more that can be said when it comes to OG Anunoby. He has taken that next step that the Raptors and their fans were waiting for last season. He has always been an impressive defender but its great to see how much his offense is growing.

Anunoby started off slow this game as he wasn’t being as aggressive as Nurse would like him to be. He only scored two points in the first quarter and eight points at the half. With only a four-point lead for the Raptors heading into the third quarter, Anunoby found his stroke and turned it up.

He scored 16 points in the third quarter alone as the Raptors blew up for an 18 point league after three. What was even more impressive was that Anunoby drilled four 3s in the quarter on impressive efficiency. He was trying to create his own shot and confidently fire away and it worked out well in the quarter.

Anunoby’s night could have been a lot bigger had the game been close as he did not log a single minute in the fourth. He ended his night with a career-high 24 points in three-quarters of action.

After a difficult season last year trying to find his role on the team, he has found that role this season and has run away with it. Anunoby is now shooting an absurd 55-percent from the field this season, something that he is able to do due to the fact that he isn’t a volume shooter (8.4 field goal attempts per game). The future continues to look bright for Anunoby as he is a part of a long list of youngsters the Raptors can build around.