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Basketball: Anderson is NBA’s most improved

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • 66Bear

    It’s great to see Ryan Anderson achieve this level of success. There are so many risks and vagaries in life (and the NBA) that ability, motivation, and character don’t always equate to success, but it is nice to see it when they are rewarded. It always saddened me to witness Leon Powe’s injury-plagued career, as he–like Ryan Anderson–was a favorite for me during the time he was at Cal. I hope that Ryan Anderson has a long and healthy pro career and that Leon Powe can stay healthy enough to reestablish his career. :-)