Ryan An­der­son, F, New Or­leans

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

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

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