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Ryan Anderson won the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year Award for his play during the 2011-12 regular season, but much of that success could be attributed to Dwight Howard's presence in the post for the Orlando Magic.
While Anderson has a unique combination of three-point shooting proficiency and offensive rebounding, there is no guarantee that he will be able to produce at the level that earned him the Most Improved Player award.
Howard's ability to draw double teams gave Anderson a handful of open looks every night—something that wasn't the case at the end of the season and during the first round of the playoffs.
Over the course of the 2011-12 season, Anderson averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 39.3 percent from behind the arc. That production clearly made Anderson the second-best player on the 2012 Magic, but he will be a member of the New Orleans Hornets this season.
With the arrival of Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Anderson, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the Hornets as training camp approaches.
In the playoffs, with Howard unavailable due to a back injury, Anderson averaged just 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds on 40 percent shooting from three-point range.
Anderson could prove that his poor performance in the playoffs was a fluke, or it could turn out that he simply can't produce at the same level without a center that is consistently drawing double teams.
While Davis has the potential to be the NBA's next great center, he won't draw as many double teams as Howard did during Anderson's career year.
Anderson will have to find ways to get himself open more on his own next season, or he will be labeled as an overrated player who was a product of Stan Van Gundy's system.