Cole Anthony
21-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The score-first point guard should have his chance to shine with the Magic as a backup guard (at the very least). In his freshman season at North Carolina, Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals, but shot a lackluster 38.0 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 guard was a bit closer to par from three-point land, though, at 34.8 percent. Anthony figures to compete with Markelle Fultz for minutes at point guard, and Anthony could certainly find himself in a shooting-guard role, as well. As a rookie, he's expected to be mostly helpful fantasy-wise in the points category, but a poor field-goal percentage could drive down his effectiveness. If he lands a starting job, he'll be worth exploring as a flier in standard leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.73 million contract with the Magic in November of 2020. Contact includes $3.61 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Anthony was born in Portland, Oregon on May 15, 2000. He's the son of Crystal McCrary and Greg Anthony. Greg won an NCAA title with UNLV in 1990 and was an 11-year NBA veteran. As a child, Cole moved to New York City. Anthony originally played baseball but decided to focus on basketball in fifth grade. He lived in New York City through his junior year of high school before transferring to Oak Hill. During Anthony's freshman and sophomore years at Archbishop Molloy, he excelled and led his team to the CHSAA Class AA city championship finals. As a junior, Anthony averaged a league-high 23.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game and was named to the USA Today All-USA third team. At Oak Hill as a senior, Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game and became the first player in school history to average a triple-double. Anthony was voted onto the 2019 USA Today All-USA first team. Anthony also won MVP at the 2019 McDonald's All-American Game, the Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic. After the 2018-19 high school basketball season, Anthony was named the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year for success in both basketball and academics. As a freshman at North Carolina, he was named to third-team All-ACC despite missing 11 games and averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per college contest.

College/International Summary

Anthony came to North Carolina with an outstanding recruiting pedigree, and the 6-3 guard put that on display immediately, recording 34 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener against Notre Dame. He proceeded to reach double figures in seven of his next eight games, collecting 10 rebounds twice more over that span. Anthony then suffered a knee injury that cost him 11 games, but he returned and averaged 18.1 PPG over the final 13 contests of his collegiate career. Despite the time off, Anthony still managed to make the ACC All-Freshman team, as well as earn third-team All-ACC honors. He was also ninth in the conference in free throws attempted. After finishing the shortened season with averages of 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists, Anthony declared his intentions to go pro in mid-April.

Explodes for 37 points
GOrlando Magic
May 17, 2021
Anthony finished with 37 points (10-25 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 14-14 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal across 38 minutes in Sunday's 128-117 loss to the Sixers.
Markelle Fultz's early-season ACL tear elevated Anthony into the starting job at point guard and appeared to put him in good shape for a dark-horse Rookie of the Yea run, but the injury bug ended up biting him as well. That said, Anthony's performance in the season finale is an excellent example of the his enormous upside, and Fultz's propensity for injury certainly makes an argument for Anthony to retain the starting job heading into the 2021-22 season.
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Transaction History
  • November 21, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $6.73 million contract with the Magic.
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Another double-digit scoring effort
GOrlando Magic
May 15, 2021
Anthony recorded 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a steal across 21 minutes in Friday's loss to the Sixers.
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Posts 12/7/6 line
GOrlando Magic
May 13, 2021
Anthony tallied 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal in 23 minutes during Thursday's 116-93 loss to the Hawks.
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Poor shooting effort in loss
GOrlando Magic
May 9, 2021
Anthony totaled 11 points (4-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes of Sunday's 128-96 loss to the Timberwolves.
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Pops for 20 against Hornets
GOrlando Magic
May 8, 2021
Anthony scored 20 points (6-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 29 minutes during Friday's loss to the Hornets.
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Scores season-high 26 points
GOrlando Magic
May 2, 2021
Anthony had 26 points (6-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 10-11 FT), eight rebounds, six assists and three steals across 36 minutes in Saturday's win over the Grizzlies.
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