For a decade and counting, Ryan Anderson has been proving how great a sharpshooter he is on the hardwood floors. Beginning his NBA career in 2008, Anderson was a first-round selection, picked 21st overall by the New Jersey Nets. Anderson has since showcased his talent for teams like Orlando Magic, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Houston Rockets, and the Phoenix Suns. Here is all you need to know about NBA’s 2012 Most Improved Player.
Ryan Anderson’s Bio
Ryan James Anderson was born on the 6th of May 1988 in Sacramento, California. He began playing basketball at Oak Ridge High School and led his team to the 2005 Division II California State Championship title.
As a senior, Anderson was by Rival.com, rated a four-star player and was ranked as the 22nd best power forward player in the nation. He committed to UC Berkeley and played for their California Golden Bears. In college, Anderson was in 2008, named First-team All-Pac-10, and Second-team All-American – SN.
He forwent the last two years of his college eligibility and declared for the 2008 NBA draft. The New Jersey Nets selected him in the first round, 21st overall pick. He made his NBA debut on October 29, 2008, in a game against the Washington Wizards. After a season with the Nets, he was traded to Orlando Magic in 2009. Anderson’s play greatly improved in 2012 when he won the NBA Most Improved Player Award and led the NBA in both three-point field goals made and attempted.
Between 2012 and 2016, Anderson played for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans. In 2016, he joined the Houston Rockets on a 4-year deal. After Anderson’s talent no longer fit the Rockets style of play, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2018. His salary for the next two seasons was slated at $41.7 million.
Ryan Anderson is married to actress, former model, and lifestyle/fitness blogger, Kari Klinkenborg. The couple met in early 2016 while Kari lived in Los Angeles. Anderson, at the time, was playing for the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans. After a year of courtship, Anderson popped the question to Kari on a surprise romantic getaway trip to Punta Mita, Mexico.
They got married on the 6th of August 2017 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Mrs. Anderson, born on December 12, 1986, began her modelling career in 2009, fresh off earning her bachelors degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Kari played volleyball at Highland Ranch High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and attended college on a volleyball scholarship. Klinkenborg has three sisters.
Her first modelling gig was in a calendar Campus Girls USA. She has appeared in ads for Athleta and Miller Lite. Subsequently, she dabbled in acting and is best known for her role in the 2015 film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water. She had a guest role alongside Ashton Kutcher in a 2003 episode of the hit comedy series, Two and a Half Men and also played role in Castle (2009).
For years, Anderson’s wife had been living with endometriosis that wasn’t diagnosed until after her honeymoon. As she narrated to Endo Found, she had severe pains from the first time she started seeing her period at the age of 14. The pains were so bad that it landed her in the ER one day after high school volleyball practice. She scheduled her first OB-GYN appointment days later where the doctors said they found cysts in her system. She was then placed on a birth control pill which she took for the next 17 years.
The pains subsided but after she stopped the pills at the age of 30, they returned and made her realize that she had a problem. Kari sought answers but none was forthcoming until after she got married to Anderson who after their honeymoon, went on an online research about her symptoms and stumbled on a TED talk about endometriosis. Kari scheduled to see an endometriosis specialist and had surgery in October 2017 where 31 endometriosis lesions were removed from her bowels and bladder.
Before her relationship with Ryan, Kari dated another NBA star, Blake Griffin.
Height, Weight And Other Facts
- Ryan Anderson stands at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) tall.
- He weighs 240 lb (109 kg).
- Before dating Kari, Anderson was in a relationship with actress, model, and The Bachelor contestant, Gia Allemand who died in 2013 while they were still dating. She died from brain damage following an attempted suicide.
- Following his girlfriend’s death, Anderson became an advocate for suicide prevention.
- Anderson is a Christian. He is known for making the sign of the cross after scoring.