Loser: O.G. Anunoby
Anunoby came into the season with so much hype surrounding his offensive game and his ability to emerge as a tertiary gunner for this team. While his defense has been fantastic, as has become the norm, he is once again mired in a severe offensive funk to begin the year.
Anunoby has scored just 11.8 points per game in 36.8 minutes on the floor. While he is nailing 44% of his triples, which is a very encouraging sign, he has still connected on just 38.5% of his shots overall. He didn’t make a shot in the Heat victory for the first three quarters.
O.G. Anunoby must step his game up for the Toronto Raptors.
Anunoby has been a solid scorer in his career, but two areas that he has never truly mastered are his handle and his ability to score when driving into the paint. Failing to show tangible improvement in those two areas has led to some bricks inside the paint and helped create his unusual shooting splits.
Anunoby started slowly last year, but he overcame that shaky start and became a player that had to be feared on the offensive side of the ball. The Raptors won’t be able to earn a top-four seed without Anunoby playing some of the best ball of his career.