Stats: roughly 13 PTS, 4 REB, 46.3% FG, 84.4% FT
Ron Anderson is one of many guys off the bench that will make this list. There’s a good reason for that: bench players are very important, especially when they get “starter’s minutes” on good teams. The Sixers have had many players that fit that role: recently Thaddeus Young (and to a lesser extent Lou Williams, who doesn’t get as many minutes), Aaron McKie, and Kyle Korver have done that admirably. Back in the late 80s, Ron Anderson was that guy for the Sixers.
Traded for a second round pick who would go on to score 71 points over his entire career, Anderson, based on his first-year scoring average, would top that in 5 games. Despite his reputation as a volume shooter, or whatever they referred to volume shooters as in the late 1980s, Anderson would go on to have his best season the year after the trade, averaging over 16 points on 49% shooting. Anderson wasn’t much of a three-point shooter, like many of today’s volume guys are (see: J.R. Smith, for one example): heck, he reportedly disliked the three-point shot to the point where it took major pleading for him to start actively taking them in games.
Actually, a more apt description of Ron Anderson would be Jamal Crawford – he could be hot-and-cold, but when hot he couldn’t be stopped. He was useful coming off the bench, as he provided as much as 16 points per game while also providing someone to prevent double teams on Charles Barkley, as seen in this Bob Ford article. Meanwhile, unlike someone like Clarence Weatherspoon, who played for 5+ years but made zero playoff appearances, Anderson contributed to 3 teams and 21 playoff games. For that team-related success, Anderson gets a nudge upward to 13 on this list.