NBA rumors are indicating that Ryan Anderson will come off the bench for the New Orleans Hornets. As reported by The Times Picayune on Monday (October 22), the Hornets may turn to forward Lance Thomas to provide more toughness for the starting line. On a team littered with young players and the No. 1 overall selection of the 2012 NBA Draft (Anthony Davis), Thomas might be able to offer the team something it hasn't shown in a few seasons.
This is certainly bad news for any fantasy basketball owners who thought that Anderson was going to be the starting power forward in New Orleans. It definitely means that his numbers are going to take a hit and that he will possibly even see fewer minutes than when he played for the Orlando Magic. The other problem for New Orleans is that the team simply doesn't have a lot of depth on offense, so moving Anderson to the bench finally gives them a scoring threat with the second unit.
Last season, Anderson played in 61 games for the Magic, averaging 32.2 minutes per game. He put up 16.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 three-point attempts per game as well. Anderson is definitely a great threat from three-point range, averaging 2.7 makes per game. He may get called on again to do that in New Orleans, especially if the team starts falling behind in games early.
In the world of fantasy basketball, Ryan Anderson just took a huge hit. Though these are just early NBA rumors, it seems to make sense for the New Orleans Hornets to have Anderson in the second unit. If the losses start to mount, though, Anderson could see added minutes come his way. This might be the opportune time to trade him away in fantasy leagues, though, especially if he does start to become an afterthought for the team.
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