June 22, 2017, 7:06 pm
The Raptors have selected combo forward OG Anunoby out of Indiana with the 23rd pick in the draft.
Anunoby had his season cut short in January with a knee injury and recent reports had some teams skeptical of his rehab, but apparently the Raptors were undeterred. Toronto has some lack of depth on the wings and may be short in the power forward department as well with Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker on the open market. Anunoby averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks on .557 shooting for the Hoosiers before the injury. He’s not a great ball handler but can work as a spot up shooter and rim runner, which will be totally fine considering some of the ball-dominant guys on the Toronto roster. He has great physical tools (6’8″ with a 7’2″ wingspan) and makes opponents uncomfortable with his tremendous reach, so look for defense to be his calling card early on. As for the rehab, Anunoby plans to return to the court when the regular season starts but probably won’t make his NBA debut until a month or two after.
OG Anonuby to Toronto. As I said earlier, he told me he expects to get back on the court in October or November, maybe playing by December.
— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) June 23, 2017