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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Anderson continues to impress in early Summer League play for Magic

Here are excerpts from an article written Wednesday by the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins along with Brian Schmitz:

Ryan Anderson has played in just two summer-league exhibitions for the Orlando Magic, but already one thing is clear: The 6-foot-10 power forward can knock down open shots from the perimeter.

Acquired in the draft-day trade with New Jersey that brought Vince Carter to Orlando, Anderson put on an impressive performance Tuesday in the Orlando Pro Summer League. He scored 33 points on 11-of-15 shooting and added 14 rebounds in the Magic's victory over the Boston Celtics.

The trade to Orlando caught Anderson by surprise, but he said he's over that shock.

"If anything, I'm just really happy," Anderson said. "It's a great move for me, because I feel like this team fits my game really well with the way I shoot the ball."

Anderson's 33 points Tuesday bode well for the future, no question.

"His shooting is impressive,"(Otis) Smith said. "With the way we play, with the floor spread, you still want to see him be able to do those types of things and rebound the ball. Those things are big."

"If anything, I'm just really happy," Anderson said. "It's a great move for me, because I feel like this team fits my game really well with the way I shoot the ball."

"When he's playing at a high level with his confidence, you'll see a lot of great things from him," Carter said. "I think he's going to spread the floor with the team we already have."

Yet even Anderson suggests his outing should be put into the proper perspective. The 21-year-old envisions himself as a role player when the 2009-10 season rolls around, helping to spread out the defense and provide some rebounding when starter Rashard Lewis is out of the game.

"It's summer league," Anderson said. "During the regular season, I don't expect to score 30 or 20 a game. I expect that's not what my role's supposed to be, especially with Vince and Dwight [Howard]. I'm not coming in thinking I'm a go-to guy or anything."

As of Tuesday, Orlando had eight players under contract for the upcoming season. One guy who might fill out the roster is Jeremy Richardson, a guard/forward who played in 12 games last season. Richardson said he expects to sign a contract with the Magic in the coming days.

Richardson spent part of Tuesday teaming with Anderson on the Magic's summer-league team, and when Richardson left the game with a sprained right ankle, Anderson picked up the scoring load.

Today is the first day free agents can sign with new teams, and Smith has said he doesn't plan to make any immediate signings. In the meantime, Hedo Turkoglu is expected to sign a deal to go to the Toronto Raptors while backup center Marcin Gortat plans to sign a lucrative offer sheet to play for the Dallas Mavericks.

Because Gortat is a restricted free agent, the Magic would have seven days to match any offer, and Smith said Tuesday that he'll take the full seven days to make a final decision. By waiting, Smith could increase his leverage in talks with potential free agents. Smith has said, however, he wouldn't pay more than $5 million a season for a backup to Howard.


  • At 4:37 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Since missing all six shots he took in the first half of his first Summer League game, Ryan Anderson is 17 of 23 from the field.

    Seems like he's going to be an excellent fit for the Magic because of his ability to hit open shots from the perimeter, and he can rebound well, plus he's only 21 years old.

  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Never forget that Travis Diener has the highest scoring game in Orlando Summer League history!

    Just to keep things in perspective.

  • At 9:29 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    On the other hand his job this year is to replace Tony Battie, and so far he looks like a much better shooter than Tony.

  • At 9:38 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    And of course the 3 tall guys I thought might be interesting as potential Gortat replacements: Giles, Rakovic and Milosevic have one appearance and 12 minutes between them.

  • At 6:48 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's an interesting fact about Travis Diener.

    I remember he played quite well for the Magic in the Summer League a few years ago, but I didn't realize he had the highest scoring game in Orlando Summer League history.


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