Where could O.G. Anunoby go?

What’s the fate of the 6ft 7in, 240-pound Toronto Raptor forward, O.G. Anunoby?

Anunoby has been with the Raptors since 2017 and his capabilities and confidence on the court have grown considerably in the past 5 – 6 years.

As we turn into the second half of the 2022/23 NBA season, it’s clear to see how much of an impact he’s having per game.

This season alone he’s racked up almost 37 minutes on the court, collected just over 18 points, nearly 6 Rebounds and 2 assists and over 2 steals per game.

It’s very encouraging and it shows him pulling his weight with some of the big guns in the squad like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes.

November 16, 2022, Toronto, ON, CAN: Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet (right) talks to O.G. Anunoby during second half NBA basketball action against Miami Heat in Toronto on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. (Credit Image: © Chris Young/The Canadian Press via ZUMA Press)

But will he stay with Raptors?

While his skill with Raptors has been moulded, the circumstances with the team in the current season, does mean he can become an asset to trade in the upcoming NBA trade deadline in February.

Anunoby’s salary is projected to rise to almost $20M in the 2024/25 season. Combine his salary and his growing skill and the Raptors do have the makings for a serious return.

Toronto Raptors O.G. Anunoby (3) shoots on Boston Celtics Blake Griffin during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

That could mean a whole bunch of new talent to choose from which helps the team rebuild.

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If he’s traded, where could he land?

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Thursday, December 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Should Nurse decide to ship out Anunoby to the Grizzlies, the best draft picks they could seek would be Dillon Brooks and Ziaire Williams.

The reasons why Nurse wouldn’t do it would be that both players would be a gamble. The second part of the season is critical for the Raptors to bounce back and Brooks and Williams’ effectiveness would be hard to predict.

New York Knicks

New York Knicks’ Evan Fournier (13) drives to the net as Toronto Raptors’ Khem Birch defends during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

This could be an interesting one for Raptors. They could chase after two picks that Utah Jazz had ultimately turned down, Evan Fournier and Miles McBride.

Fournier would bring a lot of experience to the team but his performance with the New York Knicks this season hasn’t been his best.

Currently he’s collected 6.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Last season, he was performing far better with 14.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

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Likewise, Miles McBride is a relative youngster with the Knicks. He’s managing 4.1 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist per the 15 minutes he gets on the court. He has a lot to prove still.

The question still remains… will the Knicks be willing to trade these youngsters to Raptors?

Dallas Mavericks

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 10: Dallas Mavericks Center Christian Wood (35) brings the ball up court during a NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Chicago Bulls on December 10, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Credit Image: © Melissa Tamez/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Here is a much more beneficial trade for the Raptors; Josh Green & Christian Wood.

Green currently has three seasons with the Mavericks under his belt and his stats have increased gradually from 4.1 points per game to 7. There’s also marginal improvement in his rebounds and assists during his 20 minutes of game time.

He’ll be useful in the three-pointer shooter role but overall, he has a long way to go.

Wood also has some very impressive numbers this season, when you compare them with Anunoby’s performance. Of his 28 minutes on court, he’s managed 18 points, 8 rebounds and a rebound per game.

He’s got the potential to be a great option for Raptors but the risk is that he could be a Free-Agent in Summer.

Phoenix Suns

January 11, 2022, Toronto, ON, CANADA: Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) protects the ball from Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. (Credit Image: © Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via ZUMA Press)

The Phoenix Suns have options which Raptors could also entertain.

While Jae Crowder and Cameron Johnson offer a lot of versatility given their performance in the Regular and Playoffs with the Suns, they probably won’t be at the level Raptors need them.

Take Crowder for example. He manages just over 9 points a game, with his rebound play making up for most of his value (5.2) so far.

Johnson has some encouraging stats too and they’re an improvement on last season’s already amazing performance. The thing is, we’ve only seen him play 8 times. He’s still recovering from a knee injury.

What do you think?

So those are some possible options should the Toronto Raptors decide to ship out Anunoby during the trade deadline.

Are we looking at the right Raptor to trade? Is there another team Anunoby should go be traded to in that eventuality?

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Posted on: 11 Jan 2023