I feel like at some point this has to be brought up, and I guess while it's a small sample size it is still a little alarming.
Ryan Anderson has been blistering as a starter, scoring 18.6 points per game while shooting 43.5% from three and 46.1% from the field. He also grabbed 7.8 rebounds and got to the free throw line 1.4 times per game. All in 35.2 minutes of action.
But as a reserve, Anderson is scoring 16.2 points per game, still a healthy number for a guy not starting the game, but his percentages drop to 34.1% from three and 40.8% from the field. He's grabbing 5.3 rebounds and interestingly enough gets to the free throw line more at 1.9 attempts per game. This is in 29.4 minutes of action.
So as you can see, he's been far more efficient as a starter than a backup. Why is this? I'm sure some people will say "well he's coming off the bench with the likes of Brian Roberts and Roger Mason but as a starter gets to play with Greivis Vasquez and Austin Rivers." While all that may be true, I ask, does it really matter?
So like previously stated it's a small sample size of just 11 games, but at what point does this kind of stand out?