British-born NBA star OG Anunoby is backing his Toronto Raptors team-mate Kawhi Leonard to win this season’s MVP award.
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Speaking to Sky Sports at All-Star Weekend, Anunoby put Leonard at the front of his top three MVP contenders.
“I’m biased. I want [my team-mate] Kawhi [Leonard] to win. So Kawhi at one, Giannis at two and Harden at three. Paul George is playing good too, though,” he said.
OG Anunogy soars for a dunk during the Rising Stars game at All-Star Weekend
While his team-mate heads his MVP list, Anunoby has been impressed by the consistent performances of Antetokounmpo and Harden this season.
“When [Giannis] gets a [defensive] rebound he can go the other way all by himself, do one of his Euro-steps and just dunk it,” he said.
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“[Harden is having] One of the five best seasons ever. To continually score 30 points in every game. It’s really impressive.
“It’s their mindset, always attacking. They keep shooting, they keep being aggressive. That’s something I want to incorporate into my game.”
OG Anunoby attacks the rim against the Washington Wizards
Anunoby is averaging 20 minutes a game for the 43-16 Raptors and was selected to play for Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend, contributing 12 points for Team World as they fell to a 161-144 defeat to Team USA.
He has drawn confidence from being invited to the All-Star Weekend for the first time. “It gives me a boost going into the second half of the season. I’m trying to build off of it and keep going,” he said.
Watch game highlights as All-Star Weekend kicked off with Team World facing Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge
Anunoby’s journey to the NBA started in London, where he started his sporting life as a footballer.
“I was born in Harlesden and I go back a lot,” he explained. “When I moved over to the US I was still playing football but as I got taller I transitioned to basketball a little bit and then I had to make a choice between the two and I chose basketball.
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“I like to let people know I’m from England. I always talk about it.”
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