Title: OG Anunoby Is a High-Upside Play and Perfect Fit for Raptors
Date: June 23, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I looked at the Raptors’ selection of OG Anunoby at No. 23 in the draft and if it signals anything about their offseason plans.
Faced with difficult questions and a precarious financial situation entering a pivotal free agent season, the Toronto Raptors could have gone a number of ways at Thursday’s NBA Draft. Some of those directions may have betrayed the tight-lipped franchise’s intentions for July 1 in either direction. President Masai Ujiri and company never like to tip their hand, but by Ujiri’s own admission, the draft is a deadline of sorts the team works with.
The morning after, there is little in the way of big-picture answers.
Once on the clock, the Raptors selected Indiana forward OG Anunoby with the No. 23 pick. It’s terrific value and a consensus steal for a player who many pegged as a potential lottery pick and even a top-10 talent. It’s a nice get and a pick Raptors fans should be excited about. It just doesn’t reveal much about the plans to come.