Title: Deng Adel hopes his versatility is enough to stay with the Raptors
Date: October 1, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I wrote about Raptors camp hopeful Deng Adel, a potential 3-and-D wing with real upside who might just need some G League time first.
For two players who have known each other and played head-to-head since high school, Deng Adel and OG Anunoby operate in a noticeably different fashion. Anunoby has a reputation for being understated and stoic both on and off the court, and while he’s far more engaging and funny than soundbites would suggest, it would be difficult to guess his mood from afar at any given time. Adel is an easier read, as a wide, bright smile rarely leaves his face.
That smile was on full display at Toronto Raptors media day, first when Raptors president Masai Ujiri walked by and greeted an almost star-struck Adel and then again when The Athletic asked Adel about the Anunoby connection.
“Yeah, I know OG from high school and throughout college,” he said. “I knew him before I came here. He’s still learning himself, so we’re both learning as we go along.”