Toronto Raptors: 14 bold predictions for the 2017-18 season

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6) OG Anunoby is the starting Small Forward during the playoffs

If you were to create a small forwards nightmare in a lab it would be OG Anunoby. At 6 foot 8 and arms like a Pterodactyl, he’s the ideal 3 man in the modern NBA that prides it’s self on length. Carroll left the Raptors during the offseason via trade (good riddance) and left them self in the same spot they’ve been in since they traded Rudy Gay.

The starting small forward spot is wide open even now during preseason, with Miles and Powell jockeying for a role with the starting cast. Neither are ideal.

One is a shooter who can defend a little and one is an undersized defender that can shoot a little. OG is an ardent defender and when it comes to the playoffs his defensive ability is going to be paramount to this team.

There are no other true 3’s and coaches love defensive players. If you can defend, Casey will play you and Anunoby can absolutely defend.