Ryan Anderson, power forward
( November 1, 2012 )
HT: 6-10 WT: 240 COLLEGE: California
AGE: Turns 24 on May 6, 2012.
NBA SEASONS: 2011-12 is his fourth
TWITTER HANDLE: @ryananderson33
HOW HE CAME TO ORLANDO: Traded from the New Jersey Nets with Vince Carter and Jason Richardson for Rafer Alston, Tony Battie and Courtney Lee on June 25, 2009.
SCOUTING REPORT: Anderson shared the power-forward spot last season with Brandon Bass. Anderson will have the same role this season, splitting time with Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who was acquired in sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics for Bass. Last season, Anderson had his best year as a pro, averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. His challenge is improving on the defensive end.
ODDS & ENDS: Anderson grew up in a family that seldom, if ever, watched sports. "If Michael Jordan walked past my dad, I don't think he'd recognize him," Anderson once said. Anderson spent much of his youth kayaking and hiking on nature trails. . . . He grew up in a suburb of Sacramento, Calif.
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