NBA small forward tier list: Where is Raptors standout OG Anunoby?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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Tier 2: Possible All-Stars

7. Andrew Wiggins, Golden State Warriors

6. Michael Porter Jr, Denver Nuggets

5. DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls

4. Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz

Both Wiggins and Porter, the latter of whom might be the best shooter at his position, have seen their stock rise in the last few years. They will keep ascending if they replicate their 2022-23 performances, especially Porter due to his role with the defending champions.

DeRozan is still an elite scorer in his advanced age, and Markkanen was a deserving All-Star who will lead the Jazz once again. Though DeRozan is a midrange king and Markkanen is more comfortable behind the arc, both of their styles have proven to be effective.

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby isn’t close to Kawhi Leonard.

Tier 1: All-NBA contenders

3. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers

2. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

When healthy (as increasingly rare as that may be), Leonard remains one of the absolute best players in the game. Noted Anunoby fan Tatum hasn’t been able to get over the hump, but it’s hard to find too much fault in what the Boston star provides as a primary option and vocal leader.

Even as he enters his 20th season and is starting to get injured more frequently, James is still one of the best the game has to offer. The Lakers are going for broke as they try to get him one more ring before he retires, but LeBron himself will be the swing factor in LA’s title pursuit this season.

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