Ex-Cal star Ryan Anderson was voted Most Improved Player in the NBA after averaging career highs of 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in his first season as a full-time starter with the Orlando Magic.
Drafted 21st in 2008 after his sophomore season at Cal, Anderson led the NBA with 166 3-point baskets, just the second power forward to do so.
“It’s very surreal for me to be sitting where I am today,” Anderson said. “A year ago if you would have said I would be the Most Improved Player, I’d probably laugh at you in the face. This year has just been a culmination of a lot of different things and a lot of different people helping me.”
Anderson, 23, entered his fourth NBA season with a career scoring average of 8.6 points.
Anderson averaged 16.3 points as a freshman at Cal in 2006-07, then 21.1 in 2007-08. His 1,236 career points are the most by any two-year Cal player.