Cole Anthony
20-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
GTD
Injury Ribs
Est. Return 3/11/2021
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.

Out through All-Star break
GOrlando Magic
Ribs
February 16, 2021
Anthony was diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture of his first right rib Tuesday and won't return before the All-Star break, which begins March 3, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The 20-year-old missed the past three games after suffering the injury Feb. 9, and he'll be sidelined for at least another month due to the injury. Anthony has no official timetable for his return, but the earliest he could be back will be the first game of the second half of the season, which will be during the second week of March. Michael Carter-Williams should continue to start at the point for Orlando, and Terrence Ross and Dwayne Bacon should also have increased roles.
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Transaction History
  • November 21, 2020
    Signed a two-year, $6.73 million contract with the Magic.
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Unavailable Sunday
GOrlando Magic
Shoulder
February 14, 2021
Anthony (shoulder) won't play Sunday against the Suns.
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Questionable Sunday
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Shoulder
February 13, 2021
Anthony (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Suns.
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Ruled out Friday
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Shoulder
February 12, 2021
Anthony (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Kings, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Questionable Friday
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Shoulder
February 12, 2021
Anthony (shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.
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Sidelined with shoulder issue
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Shoulder
February 11, 2021
Anthony (shoulder) is ruled out for Thursday's game against the Warriors.
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