OG Anunoby

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OG Anunoby
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Anunoby with the Toronto Raptors in 2018
No. 3 – Toronto Raptors
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 24)
Harlesden, London, England
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High schoolJefferson City
(Jefferson City, Missouri)
CollegeIndiana (2015–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentToronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Ogugua "OG" Anunoby Jr. (born 17 July 1997) is a British professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers.

Early life

Ogugua Anunoby Jr. was born in the Harlesden area of London on 17 July 1997, the son of Nigerian parents.[1] His father, Ogugua Sr., taught as a professor in England at the time.[2] His mother died of cancer when he was one year old.[3] At the age of four, Anunoby moved with his family to the U.S. and settled in Jefferson City, Missouri,[1] where his father was a professor of finance at Lincoln University.[3] His older brother, Chigbo, played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, and Minnesota Vikings before entering medical school.[4] Anunoby played football when he was young, but stopped around the age of eight to focus on basketball more because of his height.[5]

Anunoby played for Jefferson City High School.[6] During his senior season, he averaged 19.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and was named a finalist for Mr Basketball in the state of Missouri.[7] In October 2014, Anunoby chose to attend Indiana University[8] over Georgia, Iowa, George Mason, and Ole Miss.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
OG Anunoby
F
Jefferson City, MO Jefferson City HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Oct 14, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Indiana Commit List for 2015". Rivals.com.
  • "Indiana Hoosiers". ESPN.com.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

As a freshman in 2015–16 at Indiana, Anunoby appeared in 34 games, averaging 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game.[9][10]

Anunoby was selected as a Pre-season All-American by The Sporting News.[11] On 18 January 2017, Anunoby injured his right knee against Penn State, causing him to undergo season-ending knee surgery.[12] On 10 April 2017, Anunoby declared his intention to enter the 2017 NBA Draft and hire an agent, ending his tenure with the Hoosiers.[13]

Professional career

Toronto Raptors (2017–present)

On 22 June 2017, he was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors.[14] On 9 July, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Raptors.[15] On 14 November, Anunoby made his first career start, against the Houston Rockets.[16] He finished the game with 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in 30 minutes. By 15 December, he led starter rookies in offensive and defensive rating, besides having the third most true scoring percentage and best turnover-to-assist ratio for a non-guard.[17]

On 29 January 2019, Anunoby was named a member of the World Team representing the United Kingdom for the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge.[18] In April 2019, Anunoby had an emergency appendectomy,[19] which caused him to miss most of the Raptors' championship playoff run. He dressed for the NBA Finals but did not play as the Raptors went on to win the title,[20] becoming the first British person to win an NBA championship.

On 1 March 2020, Anunoby scored 32 points and recorded seven steals, along with seven rebounds and three assists in a 133–118 loss against the Denver Nuggets.[21] He hit a game-winning buzzer-beater three-pointer on 3 September, in a 104–103 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics, and finished with 12 points. The buzzer-beater prevented the Raptors from going down to a 0–3 deficit to the Celtics.[22] The Raptors would eventually fall in seven games. On 21 December 2020, he signed a four year, $72 million extension, through the 2024–25 season.[23] On 24 January 2021, Anunoby scored a season-high 30 points while getting eight rebounds, one assist, five steals, and a block in a 107–102 win against the Indiana Pacers.[24] He joins former Raptor Kawhi Leonard as the only players with multiple games getting 30 points, five rebounds, and five steals in franchise history.[25] On 1 November, Anunoby scored a career-high 36 points along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists along with the win against the Knicks.[26]

On 25 February 2022, Anunoby was sidelined due to a right finger fracture suffered against the Charlotte Hornets.[27] On 3 March, Anunoby was ruled out for two weeks to rest his fractured finger.[28]

Personal life

Anunoby has said, "It's definitely a goal of mine to inspire kids in Great Britain to want to play basketball and show that they can make it to the NBA from Britain."[29] He is also a fan of the football club Arsenal FC.[30][31]

Anunoby is considered one of the best British players to ever play in the NBA.[32][33] He is also currently the only British player in the NBA as of 2022.[34][35]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Toronto 74 62 20.0 .471 .371 .629 2.5 .7 .7 .2 5.9
2018–19 Toronto 67 6 20.2 .453 .332 .581 2.9 .7 .7 .3 7.0
2019–20 Toronto 69 68 29.9 .505 .390 .706 5.3 1.6 1.4 .7 10.6
2020–21 Toronto 43 43 33.3 .480 .398 .784 5.5 2.2 1.5 .7 15.9
2021–22 Toronto 48 48 36.0 .443 .363 .754 5.5 2.6 1.5 .5 17.1
Career 253 179 25.0 .480 .375 .692 3.9 1.2 1.0 .4 9.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Toronto 10 10 23.8 .558 .448 .727 2.1 .7 .6 .4 7.9
2020 Toronto 11 11 35.7 .455 .415 .643 6.9 1.2 1.0 1.2 10.5
2022 Toronto 6 6 36.1 .476 .341 .750 4.0 2.5 1.0 .2 17.3
Career 27 27 31.4 .486 .396 .691 4.5 1.3 .9 .7 11.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Indiana 34 0 13.7 .569 .448 .476 2.6 .5 .8 .8 4.9
2016–17 Indiana 16 10 25.1 .557 .311 .563 5.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 11.1
Career 50 10 17.4 .563 .365 .522 3.5 .8 1.0 .9 6.8

References

  1. ^ a b "OG Anunoby's path to the NBA exposes the failings in British basketball". Real Sports. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  2. ^ "London-born NBA star OG Anunoby wants to inspire British basketball players". 22 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Toronto Raptors rookie OG Anunoby's road to NBA starter". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  4. ^ Benge, James (23 November 2017). "The NBA Score: OG Anunoby on growing up in London, guarding James Harden and British basketball". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "London-born NBA star OG Anunoby wants to inspire British basketball players". 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ The unexpected rise of Hoosiers freshman OG Anunoby
  7. ^ "Mr. Show-Me Finalist". Mobca.org. 10 April 2015.
  8. ^ Hoosiers land 2015 wing OG Anunoby
  9. ^ IU player profile: High hope for OG Anunoby
  10. ^ Indiana's OG Anunoby could be the NBA's next great lockdown defender
  11. ^ "Anunoby Third-Team All-American". SportingNews.com. 5 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Anunoby out for season". ESPN.com. 20 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Hoosiers' OG Anunoby to enter draft, hire agent". ESPN.com. 10 April 2017.
  14. ^ Loung, Steven (22 June 2017). "Person of Interest: New Raptors draft pick OG Anunoby". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Raptors Sign First-Round Pick OG Anunoby". Toronto Raptors. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  16. ^ Sharp, Jordan (15 November 2017). "OG Anunoby scores 16 in first career start for RaptorsOG Anunoby scores 16 in first career start for Raptors". numberfire. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Players General Advanced". nba.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Doncic, Simmons headline Mtn Dew Ice Rising Stars rosters". NBA. 29 January 2019.
  19. ^ "OG Anunoby Injury Update". nba.com.
  20. ^ "OG Anunoby wins NBA Championship with Toronto Raptors". Indiana Daily Student. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  21. ^ "OG Anunoby has career night in loss". Fansided.com. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  22. ^ Geagan, Matthew (4 September 2020). "OG Anunoby Beats Buzzer In Game 3, Raptors Hand Celtics First Loss Of Postseason". CBS. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  23. ^ Smith, Doug (21 December 2020). "OG Anunoby, Raptors agree to four-year contract extension". Toronto Star.
  24. ^ "Anunoby's hot hand helps short-handed Raptors beat Pacers". ESPN. 24 January 2021.
  25. ^ Irving, Kyle (24 January 2021). "OG Anunoby: Toronto Raptors forward joins Kawhi Leonard in franchise history". ca.nba.com.
  26. ^ "Anunoby's career-high earns Raptors fourth straight win, 113-104 over Knicks". 1 November 2021.
  27. ^ Wimbish, Jasmyn (25 February 2022). "OG Anunoby injury update: Raptors forward sidelined with fractured right ring finger". CBS Sports. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  28. ^ "Sources: Anunoby out two weeks to rest finger". ESPN.com. 3 March 2022. Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  29. ^ "The NBA Score: OG Anunoby talks Harden, London and Raptors". 23 November 2017.
  30. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "😍 OG Anunoby REACTS to NEW Toronto Raptors Nike NBA City Edition Jersey 🦖 ! | EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!". YouTube.
  31. ^ "London-born NBA star OG Anunoby wants to inspire British basketball players". 22 November 2017.
  32. ^ "British basketball's finest exports: Five of the best British NBA players – SportsByte".
  33. ^ "The Greatest British NBA Players Ever". 7 October 2020.
  34. ^ "The Top Six British NBA Basketball Players". 27 October 2021.
  35. ^ "Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby out indefinitely with hip injury".

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