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Monday, 7 December 2020

The Toronto Raptors 2020 - 2021 Training Camp Preview - In Develpment: OG Anunoby #RPTZFLZ



The most fascinating aspect of the NBA draft from a fan's perspective, is the intrigue surrounding their team's latest pick.  How will that player contribute to the long term success of the team's championship aspirations.  Will said pick have a superstar impact, or will they contribute just enough to ensure many seaons of solid attempts?

In the latter question is that player on every team, in his third or fourth season whose potential is undeniable but for some reason or other, has yet to max out the credit granted them.

The Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby is going into a fourth season as a player bursting with, at the least, all-star potential.  He's been slowed only by injury and a competitive roster of players peaking individually ahead of schedule while he's been out.  This season though, should be one that sees OG fully bloom into the player that he gives rare glimpses of and Masai Ujiri envisioned when he selected him in the 2017 NBA draft.

Although he's fairly polished and poised on the floor, it's his position in terms of leadership that are in question the most.  Is he a starter, or can he lead the charge of the bench and contribute at least fifteen or more points a game?  The departure of key veterans Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, means that he'll be called on to lead rather than just contribute and it's that aspect of his game that is the reason why he's being written about in regards to being "in development".

OG has shown that he's very athletic and skilled at various facets of basketball, from being a solid defender to being a reliable scorer.  

Most likely, the third or even second most talented player on the team, he's going to have to be ready and assertive in initiating and sustaining offensive and defensive runs over the course of the upcoming season that will go a long way in determining the playoff hopes of the team.




 

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