Toronto Raptors select OG Anunoby with 23rd pick in 2017 NBA draft

  • 06/22/2017 10:03 pm in

The Toronto Raptors selected Indiana sophomore forward OG Anunoby with the 23rd pick in the 2017 NBA draft this evening.

It was a longer wait than expected in the draft green room at the Barclays Center for Anunoby, who was projected to go as high as No. 13 in some mock drafts published early on Thursday.

Anunoby became the first Hoosier drafted since 2014, when freshman Noah Vonleh went No. 9 overall to the Charlotte Hornets.

“I think I’m a versatile wing defender that can defend multiple positions,” Anunoby told reporters at the Barclays Center. “And on offense hit open shots, cut to the basket, and then just create havoc on defense.”

His three-year rookie scale contract will be worth a projected total of $4.9 million, according to figures published by RealGM. He’s projected to earn $1.37 million as a rookie.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who came to Indiana as an unheralded 3-star recruit, was the second Big Ten player selected. Michigan’s D.J. Wilson went to Milwaukee with the 17th pick.

Anunoby, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in an overtime win at Penn State in January, played in just 16 games last season. He averaged 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks in 25.1 minutes per game.

Prior to his injury, Anunoby’s sophomore campaign had its share of ups and downs, much like Indiana’s season.

Anunoby looked terrific in early season scrimmages and IU’s two exhibition games. He outplayed Josh Jackson in IU’s season opening win over Kansas in Hawaii. He had 16 points in IU’s win over North Carolina in late November and looked like a potential All-American.

But as expected from a player short on experience, there were moments where Anunoby showed that his game was still very much a work in progress. His 3-point shooting percentage was in the low 30s. His free throw percentage was below average at 56.2 percent. In IU’s 3-game losing streak to Nebraska, Louisville and Wisconsin, he had 10 turnovers in three games.

When he was on, however, Anunoby was a challenge that few had answers for on either end of the floor. He was strong enough to guard post players, but athletic enough to stick with players on the perimeter.

Anunoby, who underwent knee surgery in January, said recently that he expects to be able to play this coming season.

“I’m two months ahead of schedule right now, I’m starting to do a lot more on the court, I started running,” Anunoby said Thursday night. “I should be back full go October, November.”

The Jefferson City (Mo.) product was the fourth first round NBA draft pick to play for Tom Crean, who was fired in March, during his nine seasons in Bloomington.

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  • bball at nick’s

    Earned it but also lucky. He kinda faded being out so long. Poor guy, $1370000 his first year, LOL.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I am so happy for OG. Toronto is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city and I am sure he will love it. Congrats OG. I will miss you playing for Indiana University.

  • cbags05

    Happy for this guy. Hope he can stay healthy…His knee shouldn’t have popped on that play.

  • inLinE6

    Must be a steal for Toronto. I hope OG recover soon and prove those doubters wrong.

  • Guyton25

    I thought that it said the Raptors traded that selection to the Nuggets.. then I went looking online and I can’t find that anywhere. I’m much happier for him to be on the Raptors.

  • TorontoHoosierFan

    Welcome to Toronto OG!!!!

  • HoosierOne

    OG is great. He must be the toughest guy to interview with his one word answers. He’s going to have a great career in the NBA.

  • John D Murphy

    There were a lot of moving parts last night but I never heard that. TB moved (selected by my Jazz for the Lakers). Happy he’s on the Rapters too. Thought he was going to get stuck on Nets or Kings.

  • John D Murphy

    Yeah, that’s a pretty tough life.

  • Speed

    OG with a bad leg picked before Swanigan pretty well sums it up.

  • adam

    what are taxes like in toronto?

  • vicbert caladipo

    CHEESECAKE!!!!

  • vicbert caladipo

    Not to mention the home of Joey Votto and RUSH!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Vicbert! Good one as always. “In the basement bars, Conform or be cast out!!!!”

  • Sad how far he dropped, looks like NBA teams didn’t value him as much as some thought. Somehow I think their right, he seems like the prototypical uber athlete who doesn’t really have a good feel for the game. Hope I’m wrong but have the feeling this might be the highlight of his NBA career.

  • Outoftheloop

    $4.9 million over 3 years is a great deal for a nice 19 year old Hoosier!

  • Have to look at it compared to what was projected. He was talked about as potential lottery, 10th pick is estimated to get $6.8M for a 2 year deal…..hard to believe OG’s not disappointed.

  • John D Murphy

    The highest he was in any mock draft was 13 and that was an outlier. His pick was well within the range of the mock drafts and I’m sure around the information provided by the NBA.

  • bball at nick’s

    No idea

  • vicbert caladipo

    I actually had him at 23 and TB at 39 and JBJ undrafted but will make a team. Pretty close. Guess no one cared or got my cheesecake reference