Ryan Anderson is not a perfect player and he certainly is not everyone’s first choice as a free agent signing. His signing has created a number of emotional posts with people making wild claims about what he can or can’t do. Here is one such post: Quite honestly every time I watch Anderson it seems like he is torching the Rockets with 3pt shooting. But according to Bobbythegreat, Anderson is a minus 10 when playing against other Power Forwards in the game! Yikes! There is no way this is going to work. But just to be certain I wanted to look up the stats that would support Bobbythegreat’s quote that Ryan is a negative 10 against other Power Forwards. So off I went to 82games to check exactly how Ryan fared against opposing Power Forwards in the game. Granted there are lots of factors and lots of stats to support someone’s point of view and I anticipate this thread may cause some of those stats to come out. So what did I learn from 82games? http://www.82games.com/1516/15NOP17.HTM First, Ryan Anderson is credited for logging time at the SG, SF, PF and C positions. He played 15% of available Pelican minutes at the SF position, 33% at the PF position, 1% at the C position and less than 1% of available SG minutes. But how did he fare against Power Forwards? PPG per 48 minutes: 27.7 - Ryan Anderson 18.1 - Opponent Counterpart Not sure what happened here but Ryan outscored his opponent counterpart last season by 9.6 PPG per 48 minutes! OK but how did the team perform when he was on the floor vs. when he was not on the floor? Team Points per 100 possessions: 109.7 with Ryan on the floor 103.4 with Ryan on the bench +6.2 with Ryan on the Floor Team Points allowed per 100 possessions: 110.4 with Ryan on the floor 111.1 with Ryan off of the floor -0.7 with Ryan on the floor Crap that can’t possibly be right! The Pelicans were actually a better defensive team last season with Ryan on the floor then with him off of the floor? In case anyone needs help with the math, the Pelicans were 6.9 points better with Ryan Anderson on the floor last season. I’m sure there are plenty of stats that people will post that will suggest Ryan Anderson is going to kill the Rockets with his theoretical lack of defense and rebounding so go ahead and post them. Accuse me of wearing my Rockets colored classes if you want but Ryan’s on the court impact is pretty positive.