2. Cole Anthony
Last week's rank: 2
After a few outings of low production, Cole Anthony recorded three straight games of double-digit points and added a double-double for good measure.
On December 20, against the Miami Heat, Anthony scored 20 points and recorded four rebounds and three assists in a losing effort. One night later, against the Milwaukee Bucks, Anthony dropped 18 points to go along with 11 boards and six dimes.
Despite the Orlando Magic losing the affair, Anthony recorded a plus/minus of plus-16. Alongside fellow Sixth Man candidate, Moritz Wagner, Anthony kept the team afloat in a narrow four-point loss.
The North Carolina product brings a well-balanced attack to the Magic. Anthony averages 15.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game on the season. And unlike his first couple of seasons in the league, Anthony is shooting the ball with much-improved accuracy.
On the year, Anthony is shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from behind the arc. He's also draining 83.9 percent of his freebies. His all-around shooting performance has been huge for the Magic bench.
Other than his scoring output, Anthony has stabilized the Orlando bench. Whenever Anthony hits the floor, the Magic turn the ball over three percent less. Although a small change, Anthony ranks in the 97th percentile in turnover percentage difference.
Anthony only averages 1.8 turnovers per game on the season. Despite a high usage rate, especially for a bench player, Anthony infrequently gives the ball away.