The New Orleans Hornets signed forward Ryan Anderson to a four-year, $34 million contract this past summer in hopes that he could team with frontcourt-mate Anthony Davis as the young centerpieces whose images the franchise would use as rebuilding. For the most part, Anderson has delivered on that idea.
Anderson is averaging a career-high 16.8 points and 1.2 assists per game as well as adding 6.5 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting a career-high 44.1 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. His three-point percentage is 28th in the NBA, which is impressive considering the fact that he also leads the league and attempts from beyond the arc, averaging 7.2 per game.
Just to add to his impressive résumé from this season, he is putting up his career high in points and shooting while playing just 31 minutes per game, more than a minute less per game than he played last season with the Orlando Magic.
One of the things that many people forget about Anderson is the fact that he is just 24 years old, hasn’t yet entered his prime and still has a lot of room left for growth. He’s already producing incredibly well and it would be safe to say that he’s only going to get better. That’s good news for the Hornets, who are counting on him to be a huge part of their franchise.
New Orleans isn’t having a great amount of success this season at only 20-37, but with the way Anderson is playing and the fact that they have him under contract until 2016, they have to be hopeful about the possibilities for the team in years to come.