3 Former players that have excelled since leaving Toronto

OG Anunoby, New York Knicks and DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls
OG Anunoby, New York Knicks and DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls / Patrick McDermott/GettyImages
2 of 3

No. 2: OG Anunoby

The Toronto Raptors didn't trade OG Anunoby until December 30th of this past season after reportedly receiving plenty of trade offers over the past few years. What's more, they made the surprising move to send him to the New York Knicks for players rather than picks, adding Immanuel Quickley and RJ Barrett.

Anunoby has been pivotal for the Knicks since arriving in The Big Apple, fitting in with the roster perfectly as their best perimeter defender and a weakside rim protector who can shoot and score at solid levels.

More specifically, the Knicks' defense is unlocked by having the versatile Anunoby connecting both ends. He generally defends to most threatening player from the 2 to 4, although he can defend all five positions in a pinch. What's more, his ability to rotate behind the play and defend the rim from the weak side is something the Knicks have not had in some time.

In past seasons the Knicks had to give something up to get plus defenders on the court, but in Anunoby they have a 39.4 percent 3-point shooter who can attack closeouts off the dribble if necessary. If the Knicks make a deep run in the playoffs it will be because of the addition of Anunoby.

It would be shocking at this point if Anunoby is not signing a lucrative new contract this summer to remain in New York.