Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony

24-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.

Closes game Friday
GOrlando Magic
May 3, 2024
Anthony accumulated nine points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 19 minutes during Friday's 103-96 win over the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Anthony closed the game Friday, providing the Magic with some much-needed floor spacing. With Gary Harris (hamstring) unavailable, Anthony slid into a larger role. That could stick for Game 7 should Harris remain sidelined.
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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.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
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54.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
49.6%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
36.0%
 
Free Throw Rate
28.6%
 
Offensive Rebound %
4.1%
 
Defensive Rebound %
16.1%
 
Total Rebound %
10.0%
 
Assist %
19.9%
 
Steal %
1.6%
 
Block %
1.9%
 
Turnover %
10.3%
 
Usage %
23.7%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
22.7
 
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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Another poor outing
GOrlando Magic
April 28, 2024
Anthony produced three points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, three assists and one steal over 15 minutes during Saturday's 112-89 win over the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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Leader off bench in balanced outing
GOrlando Magic
April 14, 2024
Anthony amassed 13 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two steals over 17 minutes during Sunday's 113-88 victory over the Bucks.
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Bounces back against Milwaukee
GOrlando Magic
April 11, 2024
Anthony closed with 23 points (9-14 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and one block across 33 minutes during Wednesday's 117-99 loss to the Bucks.
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Non-existent again Friday
GOrlando Magic
April 5, 2024
Anthony supplied two points (1-8 FG, 0-4 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes during Friday's 124-115 loss to the Hornets.
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Solid output off bench Saturday
GOrlando Magic
March 30, 2024
Anthony contributed 15 points (5-11 FG, 5-8 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 17 minutes during Saturday's 118-88 win over Memphis.
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