Ryan Anderson was a Sixth Man of the Year candidate last season and could be one again, a shooter and rebounder who could help the Pelicans make the playoffs. But his season debut will have to wait as the Pelicans announced Wednesday he's out 1-3 weeks with a chip fracture in his foot. From the AP:
New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has a chip fracture in a toe on his right foot and is expected to miss the one to three weeks.
In a statement released hours before Wednesday night's regular-season opener against Indiana, the Pelicans say team doctors discovered the injury after Anderson experienced discomfort during recent practices.
Anderson being out hurts the Pelicans in multiple ways. They can find someone to stretch the floor in Anthony Morrow and someone to rebound in Jason Smith and Greg Stiemsma, but not both. The change in spacing coud hurt them in the short run. The Pelicans' opening schedule is soft but for a young team with new parts, missing Anderson in his second year with the team will hurt.
Anderson averaged 16 points and six rebounds last season for the then-Hornets. NOPE (New Orleans PElicans) open Wednesday night at home vs. the Pacers.