OG Anunoby (SF/PF, Indiana)

 

Measurables: 6’8”, 7’2” wingspan, 232 lbs, 19.8 years old

Strengths

  • Elite near rim – reach and strength make for great finisher (76.1%)
  • Explosive in traffic, gets way above rim as a dunker
  • Explosivity+extension gives him elite finishing ability
  • Arguably has best physical gifts in draft – elite height, wingspan, reach, and strength for either forward spot
  • Supreme lob threat – lots of upside as roller given explosiveness/size
  • Powerful straight line driver, defenders bounce off
  • Relishes contact near rim – brother plays in NFL
  • Flashes as a rebounder -12.5 TRB%
  • Good flashes of defensive activity – career 3.2 STL%, 5.5 BLK%
  • Elite feet for size – ability to switch onto anyone
  • Excellent quick twitch athleticism – “second jump” is elite
  • Plays with strong base – able to hold up in post defense
  • Has Kawhi-esque flashes blowing up dribble handoffs
  • Shot mechanics don’t look totally broken
  • Gets shot off quickly, looks to only need slight tweaks
  • Potentially can play small-ball 5 in playoffs when game goes really small

Weaknesses

  • 52% on free throws – very bad – bad sign for stroke
  • 36% from 3 in career but on just 74 attempts – also shot just 31% during brief sophomore season
  • Injury raises questions about ability to regain athleticism
  • Shot comes out low, needs to add arc
  • Flicks jumper a little bit, needs to emphasize follow-through
  • Hard to adjust to NBA range with poor arc on jumper
  • Releases shot low – makes it easier to block
  • Hasn’t shown great IQ attacking hard closeouts
  • Does little as playmaker – 8.6 AST% for career
  • Very little in between game – mostly a finisher/shooter
  • Only attempted 5 pull-up shots in career – lacks mechanics, confidence, and handle to effectively score off pull-up
  • Has to tighten handle a lot to succeed as a driver
  • Doesn’t know what to do as a driver when power isn’t enough
  • Lacks craftiness in traffic, not great drawing fouls
  • Needs to clean up game on offense overall – 16.1 TOV%
  • Like most prospects he still has defensive intricacies to learn/effort to improve upon
  • Particularly needs to do better playing through screeners
  • Needs to play with more consistent motor overall

Overall

  • Anunoby has incredible physical tools, with rare length, strength, and explosiveness. At full strength, he can fly all over the floor on both ends and wreak total havoc. But with his knee injury, there are questions about his ability to return to full strength athletically, something he relies on so much. Even if he returns to full strength, he has a lot of polish to add offensively – he needs to tighten his handle to attack closeouts better, and tweak his jumper mechanics to extend his range and add arc. He’s also only got a little high-level basketball under his belt, and needs to display a better understanding of the game on both ends. Luckily, he’s not yet 20, and his rare gifts and flashes of skill offer the view of a guy who can play all 5 positions as a freak athlete and do a number of things very well.

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