1. Make an All-Defensive team.
Anunoby has two flaws that make it tough for voters to consider him for this elite club. Not only does he play in a market that the media rarely gives the time of day (barring something truly unprecedented), but he lacks gaudy steal and block numbers to get those who only read box scores excited about his game.
Anunoby, when healthy, is one of the game’s more unique chess pieces. Strong enough to limit the damage that big centers can do while staying nimble enough to spend entire ballgames on the perimeter, Anunoby’s value to this team is clear and obvious to anyone who gives the Raptors an up-close analysis.
Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby remains an elite defender.
The Raptors have two players that are without question among the best 15 defensive players in the game in Anunoby and VanVleet. Toronto could not run their system, which ranked in the top 10 in defensive rating allowed despite a poor bench, without FVV’s turnover creation and Anunoby’s Swiss Army knife-esque pestering.
Considering Anunoby’s ability to take his game and refine it in a very subtle way from year to year, there is a very strong chance that we see the finest version of him on both ends during this increasingly important 2022-23 Raptors campaign.