The NBA announced Tuesday that Raptors forward, OG Anunoby will be participating in the rising stars challenge, playing for Team World and representing the UK. Anunoby is in his sophomore year as an NBA player and member of the Toronto Raptors, after being drafted by the squad in 2017 as the 23rd overall pick.
When the Raptors drafted him, people were not sure how he would turn out to be as an NBA player: He barely played in college, going just 50 games over two seasons after battling numerous injuries, including a torn ACL that healed during the 2017 offseason after he was drafted.
In the 2017-2018 season, Anunoby went 74 games, and playing 20 minutes per contest. This was pretty good for a rookie on a contending team. He made his place as part of the Raptors’ “Bench Mob”, which was the Raptors’ second unit’s nickname due to its unexpected over the course of the regular season.
He’s been playing a similar amount of minutes this season, which is pretty good, especially since the other small forward on the team is MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors’ new head coach Nick Nurse has been really good with the Raptors’ rotations, thus giving Anunoby a good amount of playing time, which is great for the improvement of young players like himself.
It’ll be great for Anunoby to represent the Toronto Raptors in a game that showcases the best young talents in the league, and giving fans a view of the next great NBA players of the upcoming generation. Anunoby will head to Charlotte alongside his teammates, Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard to participate in all star weekend, which will take place from February 15th-20th.