Cole Anthony

22-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.73 million contract with the Magic in November of 2020. Magic exercised $3.61 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021. Contract includes $5.54 million team option for 2023-24.
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.

Ruled out for finale
GOrlando Magic
Toe
April 9, 2022
Anthony (toe) will not play in the Magic's season-finale matchup versus the Heat on Sunday, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
ANALYSIS
Anthony's absence will be his third straight to end the season, as the Magic will err on the side of caution with their young guard. He will end his breakout sophomore campaign with an average of 16.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 triples across 31.7 minutes per game.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Joining dunk contest
GOrlando Magic
January 31, 2022
Anthony has committed to the dunk contest that will take place February 19 during All-Star weekend in Cleveland, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
Anthony becomes the first player to commit to the contest. The 21-year-old has boosted his scoring average from 12.9 points last season to nearly 18.0 points per game this season. Anthony carries further contestant credibility by having won the City of Palms high school dunk contest as a senior. Big-ticket entries such as Ja Morant and Miles Bridges are rumored but deemed unlikely given that their teams are in contention for playoff spots.
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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.
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Won't play Thursday
GOrlando Magic
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April 6, 2022
Anthony (toe) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Hornets.
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Ruled out vs. Cavs
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April 5, 2022
Anthony (toe) will not play Tuesday against the Cavs.
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Questionable for Tuesday's contest
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April 4, 2022
Anthony (toe) is questionable for Tuesday's contest against the Cavaliers.
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Exits early in first quarter
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April 3, 2022
Anthony (toe) departed Sunday's game against the Knicks early in the first quarter and will not return, Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Will play Sunday
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April 3, 2022
Anthony (toe) is available and starting Sunday against the Knicks.
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