Ryan Anderson PF NOP 3 months ago

Anderson's 2014-15 campaign was interrupted by a sprained MCL in his right knee, but he was able to return to his bench role for the latter portion of the season. Anderson averaged 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers in 28 minutes per game through 61 games.

Anderson missed over a month with his knee injury, and the injury came just one year after he underwent surgery on a herniated disk in his neck that forced him to sit out the majority of the 2013-14 season. With back-to-back injuries wearing on his fantasy value, the injury-prone label may get thrown at Anderson this offseason. In addition to his injuries sidelining him for 21 games, he shot a career-low 34 percent from beyond the arc this season, putting doubt in more than just his ability to stay healthy. If his three-pointers aren't falling, Anderson's fantasy value takes quite a hit, as he doesn't put up a stellar amount of rebounds or blocks for a power forward. Anderson has one more year on his contract with the Pelicans. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016. Anderson will need to improve on his poor defensive performance and horrendous shooting percentage on the road (27% 3Pt) in order to have the fantasy value he has had in the past when healthy. One boon that has already come Anderson's way was the firing of coach Monty Williams, who insisted upon starting Anthony Davis at power forward. The hiring of new head coach Alvin Gentry, who plans to use Davis more at center, could lead to Anderson either starting at power forward next season or at least having a bigger role off the bench.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 4 months ago

Anderson broke out of his playoff slump Thursday, scoring 26 points (10-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go long with five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes in Game 3.

Anderson had scored a combined seven points between the first two games of his series, including shooting 2-for-11 from the floor.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 4 months ago

Anderson has been quiet in the postseason for the Pelicans, averaging just 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds through the first two games.

Anderson has not only struggled when on the courtshooting 18.2 percent from the fieldbut has also struggled to find playing time. The big man played just nine minutes in Game 2 against the Warriors.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson played 31 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Warriors. He finished with 12 points (5-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt), nine rebounds, two assists, and one block.

Anderson was playing in just his fourth game back from a right MCL sprain that kept him sidelined for over a month, and it was the first game he played big minutes in. In his first three games back, Anderson was averaging just 20 minutes per game. With bigger minutes comes better value in daily games.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson (knee) returned to action Wednesday against the Lakers and posted 17 points (5-11 FG, 5-6 FT, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds, and one assist in 22 minutes of action.

Anderson hadn't logged a game since Feb. 21, and it's encouraging to see him have a solid performance in his return. He's averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.1 three-pointers made this season, and apparently will be "eased" back into the lineup. Still, much of his skillset relies on his three-point shot, which means his knee ailment shouldn't hamper his fantasy production too heavily. That being said, if for some reason he's still available in the wire, now would be a good time to snatch him.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson (knee) will return to action Wednesday against the Lakers, Jen Hale of Fox Sports reports.

Coach Monty Williams said Anderson, who has been sidelined for more than a month, will be "eased" back into action, though he stated that Anderson will not be on an official minutes limit. The return of one of the better shooters in the league will certainly be welcomed, but he's best avoided in daily formats given his potentially limited workload.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Sidelined since the final week of February due to a sprained MCL in his right knee, Anderson appears close to fulfilling the return promised during the Pelicans' current three-game road trip. If he plays Wednesday, he'll likely be eased into action in a frontcourt that is otherwise without injury concerns at the moment.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson (knee) is expected to return at some point during the Pelicans' upcoming three-game road trip, John Reid of The Times-Picayune reports.

Anderson has been sidelined for over a month due to the knee issue, but appears finally ready to return to the floor. Following an extended absence, he'll likely be eased back into action, but with the Pelicans still battling for a playoff spot, his return could give them the boost needed to make a push.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson (knee) said he hopes to be able to return to action in a week, the New Orleans Advocate's Darrell J. Williams reports.

He got a custom-made brace Wednesday for his sprained right knee that provides more stability than the sleeve he had been using. Anderson says his lateral movement has improved, but he is still only about 80 percent healthy and has not been able to do explosive exercises. Considering the Pelicans are three and a half games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with only 12 games to play, they could realistically be eliminated from playoff contention in the coming weeks, at which point the Pelicans would likely abandon any attempt to bring Anderson back this season.

Ryan Anderson PF NOP 5 months ago

Anderson (knee) has begun working out but is still without a firm timetable for a return to the court.

Anderson has been off the court since Feb. 21 as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL in his right knee. Further news should be released in due time but Anderson can still be considered out until that happens. In the meantime he'll continue to ramp up his basketball activities in the hope that he'll return before the regular season comes to an end.