Ryan James Anderson is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Anderson attended Oak Ridge High School in nearby El Dorado Hills. In 2005, Anderson scored 50 points in the opening round of the playoff series against John H. Pitman High School to narrowly avert an upset. He led the Oak Ridge Trojans to the Division II California State Championship.
Anderson played two years of his college basketball for the California Golden Bears at UC Berkeley. In his freshman year in 2006-07, he led the team in scoring and rebounding averaging 16.3 and 8.2 respectively per game earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors. In his sophomore year, he led the Pac-10 in scoring (21.1 points per game) and ranked third in rebounding (9.9 boards per game).
Forgoing his final two years of college and deciding to declare for the NBA Draft, Anderson was drafted as the 21st overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. In 66 games in his rookie season, Anderson averaged 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game ranking 10th among all NBA rookies in three-point field-goal percentage.
In 2009, Anderson was traded to the Orlando Magic. In the shortened 2011-12 season, he averaged 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 61 games, leading the NBA in both three-point field goals made and attempted, and was named Most Improved Player of the Year. In 3 seasons with Magic, Anderson averaged 11.4 points and 5.5 rebounds shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
In 2012, Anderson was traded to the New Orleans Hornets. In 2013, Anderson scored a career-high 36 points against the Chicago Bulls in a 131-128 triple overtime win. In the 2015-16 season, Andersen set a franchise record with 30 first-half points, starting the match in place of the injured Anthony Davis. In 4 seasons with the Pelicans, he averaged 16.1 points and 5.9 rebounds shooting 37.1 percent from 3-point range. In 2016, Anderson signed with the Houston Rockets. In the 2018 off-season, Anderson, alongside rookie guard De'Anthony Melton, was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.