1. Don’t take shots away from him
Anunoby knows he’s underpaid. The league knows that his contract has been a steal for the Raptors. If he wants to look at a potential nine-figure contract at some point in the near future, he’ll need to get even more opportunities as a scorer than what Toronto is currently providing him.
The Raptors must keep two All-Star caliber players in Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam happy while making sure Scottie Barnes takes all of the necessary developmental steps on his path to greatness. All of that leads to fewer shots, fewer points, and fewer guaranteed money being given in contract negotiations for OG.
OG Anunoby needs to keep growing on offense for the Toronto Raptors.
Anunoby averaged 17.1 points per game this year, and he should get somewhere close to the 14.5 attempts he hoised up per game next year, even with a potential reduction in minutes. With his developing handle and solid 3-point shot, Anunoby can’t keep getting pushed aside.
Anunoby is not just a Bruce Bowen-esque defensive stopper. He’s an emerging offensive talent who is nervous about getting less playing time. Toronto needs to make sure he is treated as such.