The main reason for the New Orleans Pelicans winning games is Anthony Davis. Davis can defend, score and allow the Pelicans to play different styles. However, Davis isn’t the only power forward on the team who can score and also allow the Pelicans to play a different style of basketball.
Ryan Anderson is a player who can not only shoot from three, but he can also rebound as well. Before Anderson came to the Pelicans, many people believed that he was just a product of Dwight Howard’s “greatness” and the style of play that former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy implemented.
Van Gundy usually had a power forward who could shoot three-pointers after Howard passed out of a double team (when teams used to double team him), and this usually gave Howard more room to operate. Anderson averaged 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38.8 percent from three-point range in 22.9 minutes of play.
When Anderson came to the Pelicans (then Hornets) in a sign-and-trade, Anderson continued to elevate his play and has averaged 15.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 37.4 percent from three-point range in an increased role with the Pelicans. Yet, there have been several reports that say that Anderson could be traded by the Pelicans for an immature player player like Markieff Morris who is not as good as him.
Anderson is good piece to bring off the bench, and he can also be paired with Davis during the end of games in order to give the team more shooting and spacing on the floor. No other big man (besides Davis) can shoot from the outside. The Memphis Grizzlies are the example of a team with big men but no spacing from shooters at the power forward position. The Pelicans shouldn’t try to fight against the era that is having teams utilize at least one or two power forwards/centers who can shoot from the perimeter.
Anderson has proven that he is a vital ingredient for the success of the team. The Pelicans should not trade Anderson unless they want to try to make their bench worse while also hurting the team’s three-point shooting.