Ryan Anderson named NBA’s Most Improved Player

Orlando Magic forward and former Cal player Ryan Anderson was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Friday.

Anderson, 23, led the NBA in 3-pointers made (166) and attempted (422), becoming the only power forward in league history besides former Magic Rashard Lewis to lead the NBA in those two categories. The fourth-year forward posted career highs in several categories, including points (16.1), rebounds (7.7), minutes (32.2) and field goal percentage (.439).

The 21st-overall pick out of Cal in 2008, Anderson was named first-team all Pac-12 in his sophomore season with the Bears after leading the conference with 21.1 points per game.

“It’s very surreal for me to be sitting where I am today,” Anderson said. “A year ago if you would have said I would be the Most Improved Player, I’d probably laugh at you in the face. This year has just been a culmination of a lot of different things and a lot of different people helping me.”