Raptors took big risk in drafting OG Anunoby, but it’s already paying off
How Anunoby develops on offense will determine his ceiling in the NBA. He’s already an impact defender who can match up with the league’s best perimeter scorers, but it’s going to be hard for the Raptors to keep him on the floor for 25-30 minutes per game if he isn’t able to space the floor at a reasonable rate on the other end of the court.
If he doesn’t become a knockdown shooter, Anunoby still has a future in the NBA as a low usage defensive specialist. (Think Andre Roberson or Tony Allen.) If he improves as a shooter and reaches his full potential as a defender, he has a future as a 3-and-D wing. (Think Robert Covington or Danny Green.) If he improves as a shooter, reaches his full potential as a defender and becomes a better playmaker, he has the potential to be something truly special.
There was plenty of Senior Bowl buzz about the UTSA pass-rusher going in the top 10, but Davenport is a high-risk, high-reward player with outstanding length and skills. He can give Tennessee the developmental edge player it needs.
Marco Belinelli will bring championship experience and sharpshooting to Philadelphia. Former league MVP Derrick Rose has also been commanding interest among playoff teams since being waived by the Jazz.
McCollum laughed when I asked if he had gotten an explanation as to why he was left out of the contest. He seems as baffled by the snub as the rest of us. He said he’s enjoyed being in the contest in the past, but when it comes to not being in it this year, I don’t have the answers.
McCollum is here as part of a promotional event for the Verizon Up rewards plan, which is offering its members a chance for prizes like stageside seats at a Justin Timberlake concert and a behind-the-scenes experience here at All-Star weekend.
McCollum is expecting to get such an All-Star experience of his own, eventually.