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Ryan Anderson | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: California
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Ryan Anderson confirmed that he "felt good" after practicing for the first time since herniating discs in his neck last January.
"I didn’t have any moment [during practice] where I got hit or anything like that," Anderson said. "It was a normal day." He's been playing pickup games with teammates for two weeks and appears set to play without restrictions on opening night. He's a 3-point dynamo who won't hurt you in any categories, making him a nice risk vs. reward pick in the late-middle rounds. Oct 1 - 12:20 PM

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Ryan Anderson went through Tuesday's practice and showed "no sign of rust from injuries," according to Jennifer Hale of FOX Sports.

Coach Monty Williams said Anderson had a happy step and a good mojo entering training camp. He was cleared for contact earlier this month, but the team will likely ease him back into action. It's still unclear what his role will be and where he'll get his minutes, but he should still have no problem scoring in the teens while making at least 2.0 treys per game.
Sep 30 - 7:27 PM

Pelicans' coach Monty Williams said that Ryan Anderson could play some small forward in specific situations this season.

Williams also stressed that he doesn't want to force Anderson to play against the more mobile small forwards in the league, so it probably wouldn't be too often we see Ryno at the 3-spot. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in the Pelicans rotation, but it's doubtful Anderson will be able to return to last season's averages of 36 minutes per game with Omer Asik in town, and Anthony Davis as the starting power forward. Still, Anderson will be able to provide fantasy owners with some stellar 3-point shooting from the power forward position, but due to the uncertainty of playing time he remains a risky mid-round selection with some upside in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 4:44 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) is getting back in shape and expects to "play with the guys" next week.

Anderson said he is increasing contact after working conservatively through rehab and started running in early August at a 24-hour gym in Sacramento. The 26-year-old added that his neck injury last season helped re-ignite his passion for the game and get mentally stronger. While Anderson will likely come off the bench for the Pelicans in 2014-15, he will be a valuable 3-point asset for fantasy owners if they're willing to take the risk on him in the middle rounds of drafts.
Sep 11 - 1:39 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) has been cleared for contact in practice.

He said last week that he's expected to take contact in October, so this is great news for the sharpshooting forward. Anderson is likely going to come off the bench for the Pelicans next season, but he'll still have an excellent chance to make 2.5 triples per game. He's a risky mid-round selection with upside in standard leagues.
Sep 3 - 4:36 PM

Ryan Anderson (neck) said he is expecting to take contact in October.

He said he'll spend this offseason working on getting his neck and body stronger heading into training camp. Anderson has been taking part is drills and is able to work on his conditioning. He was lighting it up from 3-point range before his season-ending injury, so he should be a top-five guy from beyond the arc as long as he's healthy.
Aug 27 - 3:42 PM

Ryan Anderson said in a recent interview that his "recovery's been really smooth," and he expects to be 100 percent healthy by the start of training camp.

"I can do everything with the guys as far as shooting workouts, drills, weights and conditioning," Anderson said. "I just can’t play five-on-five or (even) one-on-one basketball... I have a few more weeks, so training camp I’ll be ready to go all out." Before going down last season Anderson was providing solid value, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.0 three-pointers a game. He will look to return to form this upcoming season, and will provide elite 3-point shooting to fantasy squads.
Aug 25 - 5:18 PM

Pelicans GM Dell Demps said that Ryan Anderson (spinal surgery) is "back on the court, running, shooting," and will join the team in New Orleans next week.

Anderson's 2013-14 season ended with a scary spinal injury, but fortunately he's expected to be ready for New Orleans' training camp. He may find himself coming off the bench this season, with Omer Asik and Anthony Davis starting in the frontcourt, but Anderson's prolific 3-point shooting (3.0 per game prior to his injury last year) should earn him solid playing time and buoy his fantasy value.
Aug 19 - 4:46 PM

The Pelicans are shopping Ryan Anderson in a trade, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Pelicans traded their 2014 first-round draft pick in the Jrue Holiday deal, so they would like to get in the mix tonight. Anderson played just 22 games last year, but made a whopping 3.0 treys per game. He is on schedule to return from his neck surgery and should be ready for training camp. The arrival of Omer Asik could also hurt Anderson's playing time, but he should bury plenty of treys no matter where he plays.
Jun 26 - 7:15 PM

Coach Monty Williams said Ryan Anderson (back) is "on target" from his rehab and he is expected to be ready for training camp.

Dating back to April, Anderson's prognosis has him expected to resume basketball activities in August to October. He had spine surgery on Apr. 8 after suffering his back injury on Jan 3. He was knocking down 3.0 triples per game before injury and should hit the ground running next season.
Jun 19 - 11:11 PM

Ryan Anderson (spine surgery) is expected to resume basketball activities in 4-6 months.

The Tuesday surgery on Anderson's cervical spine for a herniated disc was deemed a success. Given the timetable, it's possible that he'll be ready to return for the start of the 2014-15 season. It's an injury to monitor closely as Anderson is a candidate to lead the league in 3-pointers anytime he's getting 30+ minutes a night.
Apr 11 - 10:19 AM

Ryan Anderson had surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated cervical disc.

Anderson did all he could to avoid season-ending surgery, but in the end it proved unavoidable. He wrote that the surgery went "really well" and the Pelicans should provide a timetable for his recovery in the next few weeks. He was having a terrific season before the injury, pitching in 19.8 points per game with a whopping 3.0 three-pointers on 40.9 percent shooting from downtown.
Apr 8 - 6:17 PM

Ryan Anderson will have surgery to repair the herniated cervical disc which ended his 2013-14 season.

Anderson met with numerous specialists before determining that surgery is "the best opportunity to have a full recovery." He'll go under the knife next month, at which point a timetable should be available.
Mar 25 - 2:47 PM

Ryan Anderson is "talking to a number of doctors all over the country" about the herniated disc in his neck which ended his season after 19 games.

Anderson is done for the 2013-14 season and the lack of clarity about his rehab and recovery leaves open the possibility that he won't be ready for training camp, either. The Pelicans trainers are still working with him and we'll pass along any updates as they become available.
Mar 11 - 3:59 PM

Ryan Anderson said Monday that his herniated discs aren't healing and that he's still experiencing tingling in his fingers.

Anderson will get a second opinion on Tuesday and at this point we can only hope that his long-term future isn't at risk. His season ended when the Pelicans received an injured player exception in February.
Mar 3 - 11:05 PM

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