OG Anunoby Adds Needed Punch for Knicks
Back on Dec. 30, the New York Knicks made a trade for one of the league’s most in-demand assets OG Anunoby. The Knicks sent RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, and a 2024 second-round pick to the Toronto Raptors.
The Knicks will also get forward Precious Achiuwa and guard Malachi Flynn in the deal. Anunoby has been one of those players the Knicks have been pursuing for a while and will more than likely try to extend him this summer.
This season Anunoby is averaging 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and one steal per game. Knicks president loves what the Knicks are getting in Anunoby.
“OG’s complete offensive game and ability to defend multiple positions will enhance our team on both ends of the court,” said Knicks president Leon Rose.
For the Raptors they get some good talent in both Barrett and Quickley. Barrett is averaging 18.2 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. Quickley is averaging a career-high 15 points per game a career-high in field goal percentage at 45.4% and a 3-point field goal percentage at 39.5% this season. Quickley finished second in the Sixth Man of the Year last season and looks to be in front for that award this season.
The Knicks are still missing shooters and another playmaker. The Knicks do still have some assets they might be able to trade away for better players but getting Anunoby will not move the needle. The east is top-heavy with teams like Milwaukee and Boston where they will need to score to keep up. Anunoby is great defensively but can be streaky offensively.
So far in the first two games, Anunoby does look good, scoring 17 points in his first game and 11 in the second and helping on the glass with six rebounds in the first game and eight in the second game. If the Knicks want to contend with the top teams, they will have to make more moves that involve getting another scoring wing and possibly another solid big man.
The Knicks are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.