2. OG Anunoby is being used no differently than last year on offense
The consensus among all Toronto Raptors fans before the season was that OG Anunoby was going to take his big leap this season. He’s only 23, and the Raptors were going to need to get some offense from somewhere after Gasol and Ibaka’s departure to Los Angeles. Two games into the season, we have still not seen Anunoby be anything more than the Three-and-D player he was last season.
What made most of us believe that he was going to take a leap this season were glimpses of his improved offense in the bubble. Anunoby displayed much better handles and even flew by his opposing defenders a couple of times. He also introduced to the world that he had a spin move that was ready for use in the bubble. Although it would later get predictable due to his limited arsenal on offense, it was encouraging to see an improved offensive game from him.
The other improvement Anunoby showed in the bubble was his playmaking. Driving and kicking out very nicely and finding the open man when dribbling. He also displayed good awareness to find cutters and open shooters when he has the ball near the rim as he did below.
The Raptors don’t have the championship aspirations that they had the past few years. There is no better time than now to develop Anunoby’s offense in games. The forward depth is already lacking and trusting Anunoby is also a good way of resting Siakam more. If Jeremi Grant can lead the offense in Detroit, I don’t see why Anunoby can’t at least have a few possessions of his own to shine for the Raptors.