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OG Anunoby believes the Raptors will repeat as champions in 2020

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The odds may be against them, but that isn’t stopping forward OG Anunoby from having confidence in his Raptors squad.

The 22-year old doesn’t put much stock in the 100-1 odds Vegas put on Toronto winning the NBA title again in 2020. He believes that despite losing Kawhi Leonard, the team still has that championship pedigree.

“I think we’re gonna repeat. We have a really good team and we believe in ourselves and that’s all that matters.” said Anunoby while talking with reports at Raptors media day over the weekend.

Anunoby is expected to be a key bounce-back candidate after a difficult 2018/19 campaign. Aside from the death of his father just days before their season opener, he also missed time in the regular season due to a concussion, and was sidelined for the entire postseason run after undergoing an emergency appendectomy prior to Game 1 of their first round matchup vs the Magic.

With Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles, Anunoby will be expected to win and maintain a role as the team’s starting small forward and be a key part on defence with his defensive versatility.

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Nikola Vucevic out at least four weeks with right ankle injury

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The Orlando Magic were dealt some bad news regarding the status of their star center.

The team announced that big man Nikola Vucevic will be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks after an MRI confirmed he sprained his right ankle during the team’s 113-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

The injury occurred midway through the second quarter when he landed awkwardly while trying to defend Norman Powell drive to the basket.

The 29-year old, who signed a four-year, $100 million contract this offseason, has averaged 17.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 14 games this season.

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Blazers give Carmelo Anthony another NBA opportunity

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He’s back!

After a disappointing 4-8 start to the season, the Portland Trail Blazers have decided to turn to a former All-Star to help them dig out of their situation.

The team announced that they have inked veteran forward Carmelo Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract that will become fully guaranteed if he is not waived by January 7th.

The 35-year old hasn’t played in a game since he shot 1-for-11 as a member of the Houston Rockets on November 8th, 2018.

Throughout his career, he has averaged 24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists over a span of 16 seasons and 1064 career games. He is also a ten-time NBA All-Star, and was selected to twoAll-NBA Second Teams and four All-NBA Third Teams.

Anthony is expected to join the Blazers for their upcoming six-game road trip. No word yet on when he will make his debut.

Due to the loss of Zach Collins and lack of forward depth, the Blazers are banking on him to return to his old All-Star ways in order to save their season in the midst of a tough Western Conference.

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Heat guard Kendrick Nunn becomes first rookie since 1969/70 to eclipse 105 points through first five games of season

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From going undrafted to spending a season in the G-League, and now this. It’s been quite an journey for the Miami Heat’s Kendrick Nunn to make it to the NBA. It’s safe to say he’s made the most of his opportunity.

After scoring a career-high 28 in the Heat’s 106-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, he surpassed a scoring mark that has been in the NBA record books for nearly six decades.

The 25-year old Chicago native has scored a combined 112 points through his first five NBA games, which has helped the Heat get off to a scorching-hot 4-1 start. By doing that, he passed Phoenix Suns legend Connie Hawkins (105) for most points by a rookie through the first five games of their rookie season.

To put his start into perspective, he is currently 22nd in the league with 22.4 points per game, which is currently ahead of some star talents such as Stephen Curry, Kristaps Porzingis, and Khris Middleton.

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