Anunoby 'sure' about Toronto's chance to make deep playoff run

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) is fouled by Orlando Magic guard Rodney Purvis during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

During his playing days with the Jefferson City Jays, O.G. Anunoby was quietly dominant --- loud with his performance on the floor, meek and mild off it.

Mimes talked more than O.G.

He was the same with the Indiana Hoosiers. Now, he's made it to The Show, the NBA, where the custom is to be loud and proud.

But not our O.G. He's the same quiet, polite young man he's always been ... and will likely always be.

And this also hasn't changed --- he's a great basketball player who's now proving himself on the biggest stage with the planet's greatest players.

Anunoby has not experienced a lot of culture shock in his first season in the NBA.

"I'd been told stuff coming in, so I kind of knew what to expect," the 6-8, 235-pound Toronto Raptors rookie said in a brief one-on-one interview Monday evening. "I knew there was going to a lot of talented players and that it was going to be a lot of fun, too."

Anonoby played in 74 regular season games and started 62, averaging six points and two rebounds and still showcasing his lock-down defender skills.

"I'm pleased with the season I've had so far," he said.

Likewise, so are the Raptors. Toronto went 59-23 this season, earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the second-best record in the NBA. That's important because the Raptors tied the Houston Rockets for the best home record in the league at 34-7.

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