New York Knicks Trade for OG Anunoby

by Charles Vakassian
New York Knicks Trade for OG Anunoby

We have our first major blockbuster of the NBA season! The New York Knicks trade for the long-coveted OG Anunoby. He was sent from Toronto to New York for a package headlined by RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley.

Anunoby was one of a few desirable names on the trade market this season, with the Raptors looking to retool. Almost every team could use a player of his caliber. Elite defense, quality shooting, and still reaching his prime. The Knicks were the team to pay up, sending a change of scenery candidate in Barrett, as well as a desirable young guard in Quickley.

With the trade now consummated, let's see the Fantasy impact of this move for both teams!

New York Knicks Trade for OG Anunoby

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Fantasy Impact for New York Knicks

The Knicks got the best player in this deal, and he will slot in nicely for a Knicks lineup desperate for good defenders. Anunoby has incredible length, quickness, and speed, allowing him to wreak havoc on opposing guards and forwards. He is shooting 37 percent from deep as well, keeping opposing defenses honest. This is big for keeping driving lanes open for Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle.

Anunoby will be more efficient in NY, with Randle and Brunson handling more of the shot-creating and shot-making. This will allow OG to focus on making life hell for opposing offenses and making his open threes. This move also benefits Knicks youngster Quentin Grimes, as the Knicks now need bench scoring with Quickley in Toronto.

Fantasy Impact for Toronto Raptors

Toronto is now entering a likely rebuild. Anunoby is on an expiring deal, and so is Pascal Siakam, the next likely trade candidate. This opens the door for more playing time for the youngsters.

Barrett gets a homecoming, of sorts, as a Canadian-born NBA player. He will be a focal point of the offense, with or without Siakam. He will accrue empty stats, which will benefit whoever rosters him in fantasy.

Quickley will hopefully get the chance to start in Toronto as well. He has shown a nice shooting touch, shooting over 40 percent from three while scoring over 15 points per game so far this season. His efficiency will reward fantasy owners, and force opposing teams to guard the perimeter instead of swarming Scottie Barnes.


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