There are certain members of the New Orleans Pelicans who are going to be key members of the team’s future. You can look at the obvious players like Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, but one player that I think doesn’t get enough publicity is Ryan Anderson. Anderson played in 81 games this season for the Pelicans, averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.
You don’t hear his name as much as you do the other two players, and that’s a shame for a player who is entering the prime of his career and is producing the way he is. New Orleans still has him on their roster for another three years, and I think we may end up seeing more of him either in the starting lineup or coming off the bench. In all honesty, you can’t afford to have a player with that much talent not starting; I think the team finally figured that out late in the season.
New Orleans isn’t going to be a playoff team next season, but they can at least be a team that is competitive; that is why Anderson will become an unsung hero. I’m sure his name is known around New Orleans itself after how strong his first year was with the team, but we will be hearing more about him soon enough. He is just 25 years old and could be ready to score even more next season if he can start. He did average nearly 31 minutes per game this season, which are basically starters’ numbers, but if the team can get him to 40 minutes per game, we could see Anderson averaging 20 points per contest next season.