NBA Rumors: New Orleans Hornets Acquire Ryan Anderson. Does He Fit?

The New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic have apparently agreed on a trade, shipping Gustavo Ayon to Orlando, while the Hornets will receive the reigning Most Improved Player, Ryan Anderson.

The Hornets will also sign him to a deal for 4 years and around 36 million dollars. Anderson is yet another fantastic young player that will be apart of the Hornets’ excellent young core.

Anderson gives the Hornets another starting caliber big man, who will almost certainly start at power forward. He provides much needed scoring, rebounding and shooting and at only 25, will join No.1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft in power forward/center Anthony Davis and shooting guards in Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers as a key part of the team’s foundation.

All in all, this is a fantastic trade for the Hornets, but there is one problem with the trade. Davis has the build and game of a power forward and although he can switch to center and would be more than capable there, it seems foolish to risk the extra beating that will come with playing center on a daily basis. Anderson is in no way a center, so the starting duties will fall to Davis, which may limit his growth.

If this becomes a problem the Hornets can simply move Anderson to the bench and put Davis back at power forward, but this will be something to look at as the season progresses.

Davis has all of the talent in the world, but it is unsure if he has the size and strength to play down low with the likes of Howard, Chandler, Bogut, Noah, Bynum and all of the other centers in the NBA and it seems risky to put him in that position, as he is the future of this franchise.

The positional concerns are valid, but based on the money given to Anderson and what they gave up to acquire him, this is an absolute steal for the team.

After a fantastic draft, the Hornets continue to build towards contention and although the playoffs are still probably at least a year off for New Orleans, they are much better today than they were yesterday. Dell Demps has got to be the early favorite for the league’s top executive. This is another huge step towards contention for the Hornets.