Title: Raptors rookie OG Anunoby already changing perception of his shooting
Date: December 22, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at OG Anunoby’s hot shooting start and what it might say about the non-shooter label he came in with.
OG Anunoby had already missed two three-point attempts in the Raptors’ eventual 114-109 comeback win against the Philadelphia 76ers when Kyle Lowry found him. Lowry had sucked in Anunoby’s man by snaking the pick-and-roll after a terrific flip of screen direction from Jonas Valanciunas, and Anunoby faded toward the corner with 76ers’ Trevor Booker’s back turned. As Booker recovered to close out, Anunoby pump-faked and took a dribble to his right, an unexpected derechazo the rookie wasn’t supposed to have in his arsenal so early.
With little hesitation, Anunoby smoothly let the step-back triple go for his first three of the night.
This has become commonplace for the Raptors rookie far more often than anyone expected, and far earlier than even optimistic projections about shooting development would have guessed. Anunoby was not supposed to be a three-point threat, at least not early on. Outside of a torn ACL that saw him slide to the Raptors at No. 23 in June’s draft, shooting was the biggest knock on Anunoby’s game entering the draft. The consensus was that Anunoby’s defence would translate and that his offensive development, particularly his ability to can open threes as a low-usage offensive weapon, would determine his ultimate upside.