Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Anderson’

Essay: Ryan Anderson Murders The Most Improved Player Award

Due to an increase in playing time, which further led to an increase in opportunity, Ryan Anderson has been named the 2011-12 Most Improved Player. I won’t go into whether or not Anderson “deserved” to win the award, mostly because it’s conditions are unsystematic. But I will say this: Ryan Anderson is a quality scorer and has been his entire life (going back to his collegiate days when he led the Pac-10 in scoring as a sophomore—O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook all played in the Pac-10 that year). Behind Dirk Nowitzki, Anderson might be the league’s most dangerous three-point shooting stretch four—he stands at 6’10″ and led the NBA in three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted—which is wonderful news to the Magic. Ever since Howard was made the organization’s strategic focal point, Orlando’s main plan of attack was inside out, with the three-pointer creating almost as many nightmares for opposing coaches as the Howard, himself. In this way, a player like Anderson, someone who’s tall enough to comfortably get almost all of his shots off clean, is a perfect fit. Read more…

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Shook Ankles: Ty Lawson Injures Ryan Anderson

April 2, 2012 1 comment

I’ve watched this play approximately 25 times, and I’m still not sure what to make of Ty Lawson’s “move.” It was almost like his reputed speed made Ryan Anderson crumple just because they were on a switch. That, or he hurt himself on purpose. Either way it’s one of the season’s more embarrassing defensive plays, and the context of it being in a situation where Orlando absolutely had to have a stop makes it even worse.

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