Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony

23-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Anthony has been useful in fantasy at times throughout his career, but his role decreased in 2022-23. This youngster was relegated to bench duties with Markelle Fultz starting at point guard, and it led to Anthony playing a career-low 26 minutes a night. It's uncommon to see such a young and talented player see a dip in minutes for a rebuilding team. But it's less surprising when you consider Fultz and Jalen Suggs swallowed up so many guard minutes, not to mention veterans Gary Harris and Terrence Ross. Orlando didn't do Anthony any favors in the draft either, taking Anthony Black with the No. 6 pick. It really feels like this team doesn't believe Anthony is a starter, but the averages are impressive, despite a limited role. Anthony averaged 13 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 threes on 45 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free-throw line. Anthony's weakness coming out of college was supposed to be his efficiency, but those percentages were strong last season. It's all a matter of playing time when discussing Anthony because he can be a must-roster player in a 30-minute role but becomes tough to trust if he plays just 20-25 minutes off the bench. The latter looks like the most likely outcome with how much guard depth this team has. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $26 million contract extension with the Magic in October of 2023. Contract includes $13.1 million team option for 2026-27.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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. 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.

Active off bench in Sunday loss
GOrlando Magic
February 26, 2024
Anthony contributed 15 points (6-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-3 FT), three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 109-92 loss to the Hawks.
ANALYSIS
Anthony continues to play off the bench even in games where Markelle Fultz isn't starting, as was the case Sunday, but that's a testament to how well Anthony plays with the second unit. He's scored in double digits in six of his last seven appearances off the bench, a span in which he's averaging 11.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest.
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How does Cole Anthony compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
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    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
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True Shooting %
54.6%
 
Effective Field Goal %
48.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
33.9%
 
Free Throw Rate
32.5%
 
Offensive Rebound %
4.3%
 
Defensive Rebound %
15.9%
 
Total Rebound %
10.0%
 
Assist %
20.5%
 
Steal %
1.6%
 
Block %
1.8%
 
Turnover %
10.6%
 
Usage %
23.6%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
23.6
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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Candidate for Sixth Man of the Year
GOrlando Magic
December 1, 2023
Anthony is an early-season frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Anthony's scoring production has increased slightly early in the 2023-24 campaign, but his results in other areas have remained around where they were last year. However, the 23-year-old guard has consistently provided a spark off the bench for a Magic squad competing for a top seed in the Eastern Conference, which puts him firmly in the conversation for some hardware at the end of the year if his impact continues.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After a solid rookie season, Anthony improved as a sophomore in 2021-22. He emerged as a full-time starting point guard, with Markelle Fultz sitting out nearly the entire year while recovering from a torn ACL. In 31.7 minutes per game, Anthony averaged 16.3 points on 39/34/85 shooting, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. His impressive assist numbers and quality efficiency from the free-throw line assisted his 94th overall rank in eight-category leagues per game. However, Anthony's field-goal percentage was an issue, and he only provided a combined 1.0 steals-plus-blocks. This year, his circumstances seem bound to change, and he may have trouble producing at the same rate. Fultz is healthy, and the franchise appears committed to installing him as the starting point guard. Orlando also invested a fifth overall pick in Jalen Suggs, a strong candidate to start at shooting guard. That leaves Anthony coming off the bench. If Suggs struggles again, Anthony may maneuver his way into near-starter minutes, but fantasy managers can't bank on that. Even if Anthony thrives as a sixth man, his upside is significantly capped as long as Fultz and Suggs are healthy. First overall pick Paolo Banchero will need his touches as well, further diluting his touches. Anthony could be worth a late-round flier, but prospective managers should temper expectations following a decent second season.
Things were looking up for Anthony midway through his 2020-21 rookie season. Starting point guard Markelle Fultz suffered a torn ACL in early January and the Magic immediately inserted Anthony into the starting lineup. Through 17 consecutive starts, Anthony posted 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 three-pointers over 29.1 minutes per game. But then a rib injury forced the rookie to miss 25 straight games. He returned and eventually earned back the starting spot. Over the last 17 games of the season, Anthony started every game and delivered 16.2 points and 5.1 boards per contest on a depleted Magic squad. The problem for Anthony this season is two-fold. First, Fultz returns from his injury probably in December and is expected to once again start. Second, the Magic pulled an illusion and drafted rising star Jalen Suggs with the fifth overall pick this summer. Plan A for Orlando is to give both Fultz and Suggs monster backcourt minutes as the team rebuilds. That would bump combo-guard Anthony back to a reserve role. That said, the Magic still lack depth and Fultz's injury issues are well documented. Worst case scenario is Orlando turns to Anthony as its points-off-the-bench gunner who should still see north of 22 minutes per contest. Expect the usual sophomore shooting improvement from Anthony, who only shot 39.7 percent as a rookie. But an increase in counting stats could be hard to come by if Fultz returns and stays healthy.
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.
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Posts double-double off bench
GOrlando Magic
February 11, 2024
Anthony accumulated 14 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes during Saturday's 114-108 overtime win over the Bulls.
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Scores 11 points off bench
GOrlando Magic
February 1, 2024
Anthony notched 11 points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists over 16 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 victory over the Spurs.
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Not listed on injury report
GOrlando Magic
January 22, 2024
Anthony (ankle) isn't listed on the Magic's injury report ahead of Monday's game versus Cleveland.
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Tweaks ankle, expected to be fine
GOrlando Magic
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January 21, 2024
Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley said after Sunday's 105-87 win over the Heat that Anthony tweaked his ankle during the contest but is expected to be fine, Wendell Epps of Bally Sports Florida reports.
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Productive off bench Monday
GOrlando Magic
January 16, 2024
Anthony posted 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 26 minutes during Monday's 98-94 win over the Knicks.
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