The 2019-20 NBA season is on pause at the moment with no clear idea when, or even if, it will resume.
For the Toronto Raptors, the idea of a cancelled season is particularly disheartening because of how the club’s title defence had been going, surprising just about everyone as a legitimate-looking championship contender once again as a team with the third-best record in the NBA before the season was postponed.
But as tough a pill as this hiatus has been to swallow, it does provide an opportunity to look back and assess the team individually.
Here’s a grade for each Raptors player (and one coach) as we all continue to anxiously await news of the 2019-20 campaign’s resumption or cancellation.
Season Stats: 10.7 PPG | 5.4 RPG | 50.7 FG% | 38.1 3P%
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Anunoby has had games this season where he’s looked like he’s a future all-star, and games where you’ve questioned if he should be in the rotation – let alone starting.
The result of this inconsistent play has been an average-looking season on paper that doesn’t tell the whole story.
It’s important to remember that Anunoby’s best attribute is as a defender, something that’s difficult to quantify, but impossible to miss when he’s locked in such as in those two games at the end of February and beginning of March against the Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets when he recorded six and seven steals, respectively, leading to two of his best offensive contests of the season.
There’s brilliance to be found in Anunoby’s play, but he’s been held back by not being able to put it together on a nightly