COMMENTARY | Although the young New Orleans Hornets have yet to come together as a team in 2012-13, several players are having outstanding individual seasons. Greivis Vasquez could win the NBA Most Improved Player Award and Anthony Davis is a virtual lock to make the NBA All-Rookie team.
But not to be outdone, Ryan Anderson is making three-pointers at a historic rate. Through 48 games, the NBA's reigning Most Improved Player has made 144 three-point shots. Averaging exactly three three-pointers per game, Anderson is on pace to make 246 shots from behind the arc for New Orleans.
Although he is slightly off the pace of Ray Allen's NBA record of 269 three-pointers in 2005-06, Anderson is on track to break Peja Stojakovic's Hornets' record of 231 three-pointers in 2007-08. This was the era of the oversized Peja heads in the New Orleans Arena when the Hornets won the Southwest Division.
Ryan Anderson currently leads the NBA in three-pointers, a title he won in the 2011-12 NBA season with the Orlando Magic. What I find most amazing about Anderson's production for New Orleans is that he is accomplishing this while coming off the bench. Anderson has only started 17 games this season when Anthony Davis was injured.
Although he rarely starts, Anderson does average just over 31 minutes per game for New Orleans. But when Stojakovic set the Hornets' record for three-pointers, he averaged 35 minutes per game. When Ray Allen set the NBA record, he averaged nearly 39 minutes per game.
Youth, inexperience, and injuries have rendered New Orleans anemic at times this season on offense. Anderson is a proven scorer and the Hornets often rely on him as the first option. Despite playing the same position as Anthony Davis, I believe Anderson is necessary to the Hornets' future success.
Setting the Hornets' record for three-pointers and challenging Ray Allen's NBA record is quite an achievement for a man coming off the bench.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. Patrick has followed the Hornets since they moved to New Orleans and has covered the team since 2010. He was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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