Ryan Anderson, F, New Orleans
At the start of the season, you couldn’t have seen this one coming, and neither could I. But Ryan Anderson has earned the honor as The Denver Post’s player of the week.
What’s up: In the week’s three games, Anderson displayed the full force of his shooting prowess, and he rebounded the ball too. He averaged 27.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the 3-point line on an average of 9.3 attempts from beyond the arc. The Pelicans won two of the three games.
Background: This has been a good season for Anderson, in his eighth year in the league. He has always been a good shooter. Anderson had 23 points and seven rebounds in a win overMilwaukee on Jan. 23 to start the week. He finished by tying a career high with 36 points and added nine rebounds Thursday in a win over surging Sacramento.
Dempsey’s take: There has been some trade chatter out there, wondering whether Anderson would be moved, but I can’t see it happening. Not under the new coach, Alvin Gentry, who is trying to fashion his team in the mold of the one he left, Golden State. To do that, you need shooting. Anderson gives them that, and at power forward, a position thatmakes him one of the hardest matchups on the court. And he has been durable this season, which is a big boost to a New Orleans team that needs his nightly punch.
NewOrleans’ Ryan Anderson, in his eighth season in the NBA, has always been a good shooter. Mark J. Terrill, The Associated Press