2. Average 18 points per game.
Anunoby’s improvement as a scorer and shooter has been one of the more encouraging developments for this team and this coaching staff. After coming out of Indiana as defensive stopper with offensive questions, the fact he’s become a 40% 3-point shooter in Year 4 has been very exciting to see.
Anunoby has improved his scoring in every season, with the 5.3 points per game jump from 2019-20 to 2020-21 serving as his largest increase yet. Anunoby should aim for around 18 per game this year, as he will be given enough shots to accomplish that goal.
OG Anunoby could become an elite scorer for the Toronto Raptors.
Pascal Siakam is on the mend for a while, Scottie Barnes will likely start the season on the bench, and Fred VanVleet is coming of a season that raised some concerns about his efficiency. Anunoby might have a realistic shot at leading the team in scoring in Siakam’s absence.
Assuming that Anunoby vacums up a good deal of the shots that Kyle Lowry vacated, 18 points is not at all unrealistic. He could start to shed that “underrated” label so many have tagged him with if some of his breakout performances on the offensive end come within the context of Toronto winning games.