That Ryan Anderson, 4 years removed from being drafted 21st back in 2008, is now counted on to become a leader and a voice in the locker room is surprising. The pace at which Ryan Anderson's career has moved is exhilarating. He started as a late 1st round pick for NJ, eventually winning the starting PF towards the end of the season. He was then included as an add-on for the Vince Carter trade where he (again) eventually won the starting PF spot. 4 years after being drafted, his veteran roles on the Hornets says as much about Anderson's career achievement as it is does about the team's youth.
Ryan Anderson as a Hornet
In Ryan Anderson's short tenure as a Hornet, he's already been studied in multiple facets; in some respects, doing it again seems redundant. He's been analyzed in the following ways:
- Advanced metrics - both box score estimates and play-by-play analysis - absolutely love him as an offensive player. He understands that there are 3 efficient ways to get a score: 3 PT line, a score inside and from the FT line. Ryan Anderson does all these things well, except scoring inside where he's average.
- His on/off court ratings are impressive. His defensive on/off court ratings are about average, but his on/off court offensive ratings are excellent.
- He plays really well with or without Dwight Howard. His efficiency goes down a little bit, but he increases his rebounds.
- He's maintained his solid production even as his minutes increased. So it's highly probable that he'll maintain his production.