Ryan Anderson (basketball)
Anderson in 2014 as a Pelican
|No. 33 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
May 6, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Oak Ridge
(El Dorado Hills, California)
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|2008–2009||New Jersey Nets|
|2012–present||New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school career
In 2005, Anderson helped lead the Trojans to the Division II California State Championship, defeating Mater Dei High School. The game was held at Arco Arena in Sacramento. In the opening round of that playoff series, Anderson's number 1 ranked team narrowly averted an upset against a John H. Pitman High School team led by current NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In that game, Kaepernick scored 34 points while Anderson scored 50.
In college, Anderson emerged as the University of California, Berkeley's best player. He led the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring in the 2007–2008 season, averaging 21.6 points per game (more than fellow Pac-10 first rounders O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez). Although California failed to reach the NCAA men's basketball tournament, they did receive a National Invitational Tournament bid.
On April 3, 2008, Anderson declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft. He did not take an agent, leaving himself the option to return to Cal if he withdrew his name from the draft before June 16. On June 26, 2008, Anderson was drafted #21 overall by the New Jersey Nets in the first round of the NBA Draft. He made his debut on October 29, 2008, during the Nets 95–85 win against the Washington Wizards. Toward the beginning of March, he managed to earn the starting power forward spot.
On June 25, 2009, he was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Vince Carter in exchange for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee. On October 27, 2009, the Orlando Magic picked up Anderson's contract option for the 2010–11 season. Anderson began the 2009–10 NBA season as the starting power forward for the Magic, replacing a suspended Rashard Lewis.
Anderson started well in the shortened 2011–12 NBA season, including a career high 30 point game against the New York Knicks on January 16, 2012. He went on to win the 2012 NBA Most Improved Player Award.
On July 11, 2012, Anderson was acquired in a sign-and-trade by the New Orleans Hornets for Gustavo Ayón. During his first season in New Orleans, Anderson averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
On January 3, 2014, Anderson suffered a neck injury colliding with Gerald Wallace in the Pelicans' 95-92 win over the Boston Celtics. Anderson, who had to be removed from the court on a stretcher, required neck surgery and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
On October 28, 2014, he made his return for the Pelicans in their season-opening game against the Orlando Magic. In 22 minutes of action, he recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds off the bench in the 101-84 win.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Ryan Anderson – Stats, Bio". SI.com. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- "Oak Ridge High School Basketball Videos > Ryan Anderson Interview". MaxPreps.com / CBS Sports. July 30, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
- Ryan Anderson Bio
- Cal sophomore Anderson will try NBA draft
- "Orlando Acquires Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson From New Jersey". NBA.com. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
- "Topic Galleries -- OrlandoSentinel.com". Retrieved March 10, 2012.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE RYAN ANDERSON". NBA.com. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- "Ryan Anderson 2012-13 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- Golliver, Ben (March 25, 2014). "Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson to undergo season-ending neck surgery". SI.com. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- "Davis power Pelicans past Magic, 101-84". NBA.com. October 28, 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2014.
- Girlfriend of Pelicans' Anderson dies in New Orleans
- Pelicans' Anderson aims to change lives after girlfriend's suicide