OG Anunoby Achieves NBA-Best +111 in First 5 Knicks Games

‣ OG Anunoby has made NBA history by recording a plus/minus above 100 in his first five games with the New York Knicks, a first in the league.
‣ Anunoby’s performance has contributed to the Knicks’ perfect 5-0 record since he was acquired from the Toronto Raptors on December 30.
‣ Despite Anunoby’s impressive performance, NBA betting sites rank the Knicks 14th in odds to win this season’s championship, with better odds given to the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.

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OG Anunoby’s performance with the New York Knicks is turning heads. He’s racked up a plus-111 in his first five games with the team. That’s a record. No other player in NBA history has ever hit a plus/minus above 100 in their first five games with a franchise.

Anunoby’s stats are impressive. He’s averaging 14.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 33.5 minutes per game in a Knicks uniform. From New Year’s Day to Jan. 9, he posted a plus/minus of 22.2 per contest. Not too shabby, huh?

But what about the Knicks’ chances this season? A few NBA betting sites rank them 14th in odds to win the championship. The Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat are looking a bit stronger, according to the sportsbooks.

Plus-minus, for those who don’t know, is an NBA metric. It measures the net change in the score when a player is on or off the court. The NBA has been tracking plus-minus values in official box scores since the 2007-08 season.

Since Anunoby made his club debut on January 1, the Knicks have played 240 minutes. They’ve led or been tied with their opponent in 212 of those minutes.

The Knicks are on a roll since acquiring Anunoby from the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 30. They’re a perfect 5-0. The Knicks outscored their first four opponents by 85 points when Anunoby was in the game.

Take their 112-84 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. The Knicks were 26 points better than the Blazers in Anunoby’s 29 minutes on the court. The seven-year veteran finished with 23 points and four rebounds.

Anunoby was on fire in the first quarter, scoring 16 points. This helped the Knicks open on a 19-point lead that ballooned to 39 in the third period. By the end of the first quarter, he was just a point shy of the 17 he scored in his Knicks debut against Minnesota on New Year’s Day.

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is pleased with Anunoby’s contributions. He’s not just playing great defense, but also moving without the ball, getting the ball up the floor fast, and making shots. Thibodeau expects Anunoby to only get better.

Anunoby’s season averages are solid: 15 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, and 33.3 minutes per game. He’s shooting 49.7% from the floor, 38.4% from deep, and 73.1% at the foul line. His true shooting percentage this season (60.7%) is a career best.

NBA sportsbooks show Anunoby with the seventh-shortest odds to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Oddsmakers are giving better odds to Victor Wembanyama, Bam Adebayo, and other stars.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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