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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-07-10

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-07-10

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-07-10
Ryan Anderson was almost invisible when he arrived last month in the trade with New Jersey that brought All-Star Vince Carter to Orlando.

It didn't take him long to make his presence felt.

Anderson, the second-year power forward from California, certainly has caught the attention of general manager Otis Smith and coach Stan Van Gundy, dominating the Summer League team.

In his first four games, he averaged 25.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in 37 minutes, looking like a perfect fit for the way the Magic play. He shot 54.8 percent from the field and 48 percent from the three-point line.

"He's going to help this team," said Carter, who watched several Summer League games held at the team's practice facility. "I know what he can do."

Anderson is expected to get plenty of opportunity to prove himself next season, particularly after the Magic sent Hedo Turkoglu to Toronto in a sign-and-trade deal, and unrestricted free agent Marcin Gortat signed an offer sheet with Dallas. To get Carter and Anderson, the Magic gave up Courtney Lee, Tony Battie and Rafer Alston.

Although Anderson is not considered a physical player, his strength is shooting, which is what the Magic are looking for to take the pressure off Dwight Howard around the basket. The Magic expect to use Anderson behind Rashard Lewis and also alongside Lewis when he moves to small forward.

"This was the Summer League, and I know that once the season starts, I'm not expecting to score 30 points, or even 20 points in a game," Anderson said. "But I have a pretty good idea of what my role will be. With so many All-Stars on this team, I'll be getting open shots. I just have to hit them."

The Magic still are expecting to land a bigger, stronger power forward in free agency soon to provide some muscle, but they clearly added another shooter in Anderson.

"I wouldn't say I was overlooked because this was a Vince Carter trade. It wasn't made for me," he said. "I just hope to fill a void, or a gap, that they have. I know they wanted me. They like me."

Author: Fox Sports
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Added: July 10, 2009


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