When you find a consistant player in the NBA it’s important to keep them in the game plan. Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic (12-9) has been one of the constants for him team, even in their dyer state.
The Orlando Magic are in a rut as of late. After starting the season winning 10 of their first 13 games, they have lost the last 5-of-6, being outscored 534-462. The lowest point total came January 23rd in Boston, when they only scored 56 points. That was nearly upstaged three nights later when the Celtics came to central Florida and the Magic blew a 27-point lead, losing 91-83.
Dwight Howard has given a constant effort, but is shouldering off-court issues concerning his possible departure from the Magic organization. Howard towers over his teammates in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks. The next closest player in almost all of those categories is Ryan Anderson.
On most nights Anderson will not light up the scoreboard. However, evidenced by his latest performance against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, he can provide a solid second option, behind Howard, for offensive production. The 6-foot-10 power forward reeled in 11 offensive rebounds, 20 total, and scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Anderson is averaging 16.3 points per game on the season, and has earned four double-doubles thus far.
With the trade rumors continuing to lurk around Howard, look for Anderson to continue to shine to show head coach Stan Van Gundy that he has an offensive option whether Howard departs, or not.