The Toronto Raptors had multiple chances to rid themselves of OG Anunoby, who is entering a contract season, via a trade. Despite their opportunities to do so, Toronto decided that keeping a standout two-way star with room to grow was the right move.
Anunoby may not be the most well-rounded offensive player, but the All-Defensive team selection and NBA steals king was finally rewarded for years of high-end play at the position. This will likely not be his last All-Defensive nod in the next few seasons, as his play remains as robust as ever.
Anunoby is starting to get respect from the rest of the league finally. His trade saga had many rival fanbases realizing what a game-changer he could be in the right system. Even though he is a free agent after this year, Toronto will lean heavily on him in the 2023 season.
Looking at the starting small forwards in the league, it has become clear that Anunoby remains one of the best at his position. Anunoby could reaffirm his place among the elite in the league if he manages to stay healthy and improve his issues with dribbling and finishing.
NBA small forward tier list 2023: Where is Toronto Raptors SF OG Anunoby?
Tier 7: Rookies/Replacement Level
30. Brandon Miller, Charlotte Hornets
29. PJ Tucker, Philadelphia 76ers
28. Ziaire Williams, Memphis Grizzlies
27. Matisse Thybulle, Portland Trail Blazers
26. Josh Okogie, Phoenix Suns
The talented Miller will likely find some way to wiggle into the starting lineup due to his status as a prized draftee in Charlotte. Tucker has a very specific role that he adheres to in Philly, but his age and limited offensive game can often make for some poor play.
Williams seems like the most likely replacement for Dillon Brooks in Memphis, as he can finally show the organization what he is worth. Two defensive stoppers in Thybulle and Okogie round out this group, as they are both huge offensive negatives for their teams.
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Tier 6: Solid, if Uninspiring
25. Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards
24. Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets
23. Caleb Martin, Miami Heat
22. Herb Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
21. Jalen McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves
20. Saddiq Bey, Atlanta Hawks
Kispert’s 3-point shot will likely help him win out over Deni Avdija in Washington, while Finney-Smith hopes to become a quality defensive piece in Brooklyn. Martin has found a long-term home in Miami, and he should continue improving under Erik Spoelstra.
Jones and McDaniels remain two of the most underrated players at their positions in the game, as they have proven themselves to be excellent defenders. Bey will likely slot into the starting lineup after the John Collins trade, and his 3-point shot will be a huge weapon for Atlanta.