1. OG Anunoby
Even though he hasn’t been as efficient as humanly possible from 3-point range, Anunoby has stepped up with Barnes and VanVleet out. Anunoby has outscored James Harden in this series while providing his usual blend of rock-solid defense in one of his best postseason showings.
Anunoby is averaging 19.8 points per game on 49/35/75 shooting percentages in this series while locking down Harden on the defensive end. With Barnes playing less than 100% healthy, VanVleet hurt, and Gary Trent Jr. overcome by an illness in this series, Anunoby’s production was much needed.
OG Anunoby has impressed the Toronto Raptors.
With a pair of potential All-Stars and the Rookie of the Year alongside you, it’s easy for a player like Anunoby to slip into obscurity. This series is proving that Anunoby is as valuable a long-term cornerstone as any of their secondary role-players. What he brings to the table as a shooter by itself is valuable.
Anunoby is still in the presence of showing fans across the NBA what a player he can be, as he didn’t have the biggest role on the title team. With his famous Celtics buzzer-beater in the bubble and his play in this series, Anunoby is starting to blossom.