Cole Anthony Matches Magic Johnson’s 1996 NBA Bench Stat Record

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony became the first NBA player since Magic Johnson in 1996 to record at least 30 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block off the bench.
‣ Through 17 games off the bench this season, Anthony is averaging 15 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 25.9 minutes per game.
‣ The Orlando Magic hold 22nd-ranked odds to win this season’s 2024 championship according to multiple NBA betting sites.

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Orlando Magic’s Cole Anthony is making waves. He’s the first NBA player since Magic Johnson in ’96 to record at least 30 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block off the bench. This happened during Sunday night’s 130-117 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Anthony’s been playing off the bench this season. In 17 games, he’s averaging 15 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 25.9 minutes per game. The 6-foot-2 guard is also shooting 43% from the floor, 35.8% beyond the arc, and 84.5% at the foul line.

What about the Orlando Magic’s chances this season? According to multiple NBA betting sites, they hold 22nd-ranked odds to win the 2024 championship. But hey, check out the better odds for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Atlanta Hawks, and Brooklyn Nets.

The Orlando Magic’s on a roll. Their win streak was extended to seven games. The last time they had a streak this long? A franchise-record nine-game streak from Dec. 23, 2010, to Jan. 12, 2011. In the fourth quarter, Orlando outscored Charlotte 38-31.

Anthony’s thoughts on the win? “It wasn’t our best start, it wasn’t our best game, but you can’t be mad about a win in the NBA,” he said. “We’ve set a standard for ourselves, and we need to maintain that standard.”

Last season, Anthony made four starts in 60 games with Orlando. He averaged 13 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 25.9 minutes per game. He also shot career bests of 45.4% from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range.

Anthony’s coach is impressed with his performance. “[Magic coach Jamahl Mosley] said it once, I’ve liked it, and I’ve kept saying it, ‘Just be greedy.’ Why let a game go when you can win it?”

Mosley, who won NBL Best Sixth Man in 2002, understands Anthony’s potential. “He’s got that level of resilience,” Mosley said about Anthony’s 30-point performance. “The great part about Cole is when he doesn’t do something he thinks is right, he’s harder on himself.”

What about Anthony’s chances for NBA Sixth Man of the Year this season? NBA sportsbooks show him with the 10th-best odds. But they’re giving better odds to Russell Westbrook, Cam Thomas, Chris Paul, and other stars.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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