Ryan Anderson (basketball, born 1988)

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Ryan Anderson
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Anderson with the Pelicans in 2014
No. 3 – Houston Rockets
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 28)
Sacramento, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Ridge
(El Dorado Hills, California)
College California (2006–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 New Jersey Nets
20092012 Orlando Magic
20122016 New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
2016–present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ryan James Anderson (born May 6, 1988)[1] is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Sacramento, California[1] and attended Oak Ridge High School in nearby El Dorado Hills.[2]

High school career[edit]

In 2005, Anderson helped lead the Oak Ridge 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 No. 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.[3] In that game, Kaepernick scored 34 points while Anderson scored 50.[4]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Anderson was listed as the No. 22 power forward and the No. 98 player in the nation in 2006.[5]

College career[edit]

Anderson played two seasons for the California Golden Bears, averaging 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in 33.0 minutes per game in 66 career games. As a freshman in 2006–07, he led the Bears in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors. He went on to be named Second Team All-America by The Sporting News and earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore in 2007–08. He led the Pac-10 in scoring, averaging 21.1 points (ranked 18th in nation) and ranked third in rebounding, pulling down 9.9 rebounds per game.[4]

On April 3, 2008, Anderson declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[6]

Professional career[edit]

New Jersey Nets (2008–2009)[edit]

On June 26, 2008, Anderson was selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. He made his NBA debut on October 29, 2008 against the Washington Wizards. He played in 66 games during his rookie campaign with New Jersey, averaging 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game, as he ranked 10th among all NBA rookies in three-point field-goal percentage (.365 – 69-of-189).

Orlando Magic (2009–2012)[edit]

On June 25, 2009, Anderson was traded, along with Vince Carter, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee.[7] In 2009–10, he appeared in 63 games with Orlando, averaging 7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. He started in six games during the regular season, and played in a further nine playoff games.

In 2010–11, Anderson played in 64 games (14 starts) with Orlando, averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. During December 2010, he missed nine games due to a sprained right foot.[8]

In the lockout-shortened 2011–12 season, Anderson won the NBA Most Improved Player Award after averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 61 games.[9] He led the NBA in both three-point field goals made and attempted, while ranking seventh in free throw percentage, tied for 27th in three-point field goal percentage, ranking 29th in rebounding and 33rd in scoring.

New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2012–2016)[edit]

Anderson with the Hornets in March 2013.

On July 11, 2012, Anderson was acquired by the New Orleans Hornets in a sign-and-trade deal that sent Gustavo Ayón to the Magic.[10] During his first season for the Hornets in 2012–13, he appeared in 81 games (22 starts) and averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He finished second in the NBA with a career-high 213 three-point field goals made in 557 attempts (38.2%).[11] In April 2013, the Hornets changed their name to the Pelicans.[12]

On December 2, 2013, Anderson scored a career-high 36 points in a 131–128 triple overtime win over the Chicago Bulls.[13] 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 in late March.[14] He managed just 22 games in 2013–14, averaging 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

On October 28, 2014, Anderson 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 a 101–84 win.[15] On February 22, 2015, he was ruled out for two to four weeks after being diagnosed with an MCL sprain in his right knee.[16] He returned to action on April 1 and played out the regular season, and appeared in the team's four playoff games.

Anderson continued to be an effective role player off the bench for the Pelicans in 2015–16. On January 15, 2016, he scored a then season-high 32 points and hit six three-pointers in a 109–107 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[17] On January 23, he scored 23 points and tied a season-high with six three-pointers in a 116–99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. In that game, the Pelicans hit a franchise-best 17 three-pointers.[18] On January 28, he scored 30 of his career-high tying 36 points in the first half of the Pelicans' 114–105 win over the Sacramento Kings. Starting in just his seventh game of the season, at power forward in place of the injured Anthony Davis, Anderson's 30 first half points set a franchise record.[19] After being diagnosed with a sports hernia in late March, Anderson missed the team's final 14 games of the season.[20]

Houston Rockets (2016–present)[edit]

On July 9, 2016, Anderson signed with the Houston Rockets.[21]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 New Jersey 66 30 19.9 .393 .365 .845 4.7 .8 .7 .3 7.4
2009–10 Orlando 63 6 14.5 .436 .370 .866 3.2 .6 .4 .2 7.7
2010–11 Orlando 64 14 22.1 .430 .393 .812 5.5 .8 .5 .6 10.6
2011–12 Orlando 61 61 32.2 .439 .393 .877 7.7 .9 .8 .4 16.1
2012–13 New Orleans 81 22 30.9 .423 .382 .844 6.4 1.2 .5 .4 16.2
2013–14 New Orleans 22 14 36.1 .438 .409 .952 6.5 .8 .5 .3 19.8
2014–15 New Orleans 61 5 27.5 .399 .340 .854 4.8 .9 .5 .3 13.7
2015–16 New Orleans 66 7 30.4 .427 .366 .873 6.0 1.1 .6 .4 17.0
Career 484 159 26.0 .423 .377 .861 5.6 .9 .6 .4 13.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Orlando 9 0 9.9 .310 .286 1.000 3.5 .3 .2 .2 2.6
2011 Orlando 6 0 24.5 .267 .300 1.000 4.5 .5 .8 .2 4.7
2012 Orlando 5 5 34.4 .341 .400 .857 4.6 .8 .6 .4 9.6
2015 New Orleans 4 0 23.8 .444 .417 1.000 4.3 2.3 .0 .5 10.8
Career 24 5 21.0 .345 .355 .950 4.1 .8 .4 .3 5.9

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was the boyfriend of former Bachelor contestant and model Gia Allemand, who died after committing suicide in August 2013.[22][23]

References[edit]

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