Basketball: Ryan Anderson’s big day

Former Cal star Ryan Anderson had quite a Wednesday.

He scored 14 first-quarter points and finished with 27 — including 7 of 10 shots from 3-point range — leading the Orlando Magic to a 103-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

“People don’t understand that this guy is averaging 16 or 17 points without having a play called for him all season,” point guard Jameer Nelson said. “(Anderson is) just growing. He’s developed a lot of confidence. We’ve always had confidence in him as a group. We always knew he was a great player and probably one of the greatest shooters in the league.”

The NBA agrees. Anderson, shooting 42.1 percent from the 3-point arc, has been invited to participate in the 3-point contest Feb. 25 during NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando.

Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    Am I the only person in the country who thinks the Lin thing is scripted by the NBA? His shot at Toronto was 100% legit, but other than that, some of his highlights look like the defense just parts the red sea to let him run up for the lay-in. Stern is desperate for something, anything, to reinvigorate a weary fan base. You kill 3 birds with one stone here, getting the international fans back in Yao Ming mode, catering to an educated audience (since he’s a harvard guy) and then just the same old classic underdog story america loves. Timing of this just seems way too good to be true. I hope I’m wrong, and if fundamental basketball were making a comeback, I might actually get back into the NBA, but after the admitted scripting of playoff games by crony officials, and watching big name teams lose to small market teams on non-televised tuesday night games for the last 20 years, I’m just not quite sold that this whole story is legit.

  • covinared

    I also believe the Lakers purposefully rolled over and let the asian dude run up 38 simply to make the league stronger.

  • DaveintheHills

    the e-mail Stern sent to the players requiring them to let Ling to whatever he wants can be found on Deadspin.

  • Tdogg

    Yes, I think you are the only one. The whole conspiracy theory about Lin is absurd. Give the kid credit. He’s just a really deceptively talented player who’s had to fight all the bias and stereotype. Linsanity is totally legit, with 7 games under his belt and the sample size growing. The scary thing is he just started. He’s only going to get better. Cal shoulda given him a scholarship when he came out of high school. And the Lakers should have drafted him.

  • SturdyGoldenBear

    How is Lin in any way relevant to Ryan Anderson??? Way to hijack a nice story about a former Bear who’s making waves in the NBA. We haven’t had too many of those in the last decade, so let’s not take his success for granted. I just wish Monty could’ve convinced him to stay for his junior season, but can’t blame him for choosing to get drafted first round. I’m just glad he’s gotten an opportunity to help his team. He’s always had the potential but has finally been given the opportunity to prove himself.

    Go Bears, win the shootout!