The starting power forward of the Rockets is still struggling to adapt to Toyota Center.
Last season, Ryan Anderson had one of the weirdest shooting numbers the Rockets have ever seen. He was a dead-eye shooter while on the road, but a below average one at home.
He shot an astounding 46% from 3 in his games away from the Toyota Center last year, but only 33% at home. That’s where he dubbed the nickname “Road Ryan” or “Road Ryno.”
Going into the season, Rockets fans everywhere were hoping this was just a fluky coincidence. So far in 8 games, it isn’t.
In his first 8 games, 5 of which on the road, Ryan is shooting an overall 3-point percentage of 38%. That is a solid number. However, the split is drastic yet again. On the road, he is shooting 44% from deep as opposed to just 24% at home. This difference is 7% more than last year’s weird split.
How can this be? Before last season, this was never an issue. In fact, his career 3-point shooting percentages at home and on the road are separated by just .1%.
Anderson just continues to be uncomfortable at the Toyota Center. Hopefully, by playoff time, he can find his shot in Houston.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 28, 2017
It’s still early
It is still very early in the season and Ryan Anderson definitely has time to improve. The whole team, actually, has been shooting the ball very poorly to begin the season. Still, they sit with a 5-3 record, 4-3 without Chris Paul. When CP3 returns from injury, Anderson should find himself with even more open 3s at home and on the road which should help his numbers get back to where he was two years ago.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*