On Friday, the
"I think that's why it's so surreal to me, because my whole life, I've had doubters," Anderson said. "I've had people tell me what I can't do. I'm kind of used to that."
Anderson received 33 first-place votes in the 121 ballots cast, and he tallied 260 points in the balloting. The
During the regular season, Anderson posted career highs in points per game (16.1), rebounds per game (7.7), field-goal percentage (.439) and starts (61). He also finished as the NBA's leader in 3-pointers made (166) and 3-pointers attempted (422).
"He did the work and made himself into a better basketball player," Magic General Manager
"We say it all the time: Eventually you get the dividends. So he's in the beginning process of receiving his dividends. This happens to be one of them, and I'm pretty sure I'll be sitting up here again at some point in time when we start talking about his contractual side of all of this."
Anderson, 23, will be a restricted free agent this offseason. The Magic can match any offer sheet Anderson signs from another team.
"He's really improved physically," coach
Magic strength and conditioning coach Joe Rogowski gave Anderson a training plan to use during the
And assistant coach Steve Clifford has worked closely with Anderson.
On Friday morning, Clifford and Anderson reviewed film of the Magic's playoff series against the
Anderson is the fifth Magic player to win the award.
As one perk, he got to donate a Kia Sorento CUV to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.