New Orleans Hornets: A+
The Hornets easily get a A+ for executing this trade. They got Ryan Anderson, proven scorer and starter in this league for reserve big man Gustavo Ayon. Anderson will instantly fill some needs the Hornets were desperately looking for.
Anderson, 24 year old 6’10 power forward, is one of the best shooters in the NBA right now. This past season he was voted as the NBA’s most improved player and won the all-star 3-point shootout in 2011. He will bring that additional 3-point and low post scoring threat the Hornets needed. He is also big enough to defend and rebound against most power forwards to go along with his offensive abilities.
Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis in the same lineup is really something to look forward to. I’m just worried that besides Davis’ shot blocking ability he will not be physical enough to play center in this league. Also Anderson really thrived while playing alongside Dwight Howard because Howard was able to draw all the attention to him in the paint while Anderson would spot up on the perimeter. Let’s hope Davis will be able to draw the same amount of attention on offense.
Even if Anderson and Davis end up playing the same position the Hornets still get a A+ for this trade. Anderson will bring stability and consistency to this young team and is a huge security blanket if Eric Gordon does not come back and Anthony Davis needs some time to develop.
Orlando Magic: C
The only reason the Magic get a C and not a F is because they just draft PF Andrew Nicholson from St. Bonaventure. Nicholson and Anderson are the exact same player but Nicholson will be better. It was inevitable that Anderson would be traded elsewhere, but the Magic could have gotten so much more. I like Gustavo Ayon, for what he is, a 2nd or 3rd string center. Ryan Anderson has proved that he can score in this league and being only 24 has a ton of potential right now. I am glad the Magic sent Anderson to New Orleans but I think they could have gotten so much more in return.
I really do not see Ayon being apart of Orlando’s plan for the future. Even without Dwight Howard the magic still would get a center in return such as Brook Lopez and they also drafted PF/C Kyle O’quin from Norfolk State.
I was excited to watch Gustavo Ayon develop into a key role player for the Hornets as they regain power in the NBA. Maybe he returns one day when the Magic realize there is no room for another developing big man on their roster.