NBA Trade Shocker: New York Knicks Send RJ Barrett to Toronto for OG Anunoby
A Blockbuster Deal Shakes Up the Eastern Conference
The NBA world was sent reeling on Thursday night when news broke that the New York Knicks had traded rising star RJ Barrett to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for sharpshooting wing OG Anunoby. The blockbuster deal sent shockwaves through the league, as both teams look to make a playoff push in the second half of the season.
Barrett Heads North, Anunoby Comes to the Big Apple
RJ Barrett, the Knicks’ third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has shown flashes of brilliance during his time in New York. The 22-year-old averaged 20 points per game last season and is known for his explosive athleticism and scoring prowess. However, inconsistency and a lack of defensive prowess have left Knicks fans wanting more.
In OG Anunoby, the Knicks are getting a player who can fill some of the holes in their roster. The 25-year-old is a solid defender, known for his ability to guard multiple positions. He’s also a capable three-point shooter, averaging 36% from deep last season. Anunoby’s arrival in New York could provide the Knicks with some much-needed stability and defensive toughness.
Raptors Gain a Dynamic Offensive Weapon
For the Raptors, the acquisition of Barrett gives them a young, dynamic scorer to pair with Pascal Siakam. Barrett’s ability to create his own shot and get to the rim should help open up the floor for Siakam and the rest of the Raptors’ offense.
However, the Raptors will need to find a way to replace Anunoby’s defensive contributions. The 6’7″ wing was one of the team’s best perimeter defenders, and his absence could leave a hole in their defensive scheme.