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Magic Sign NBLC's All-Time Leading Scorer

Released: October 23, 2017
By: Moncton Magic Media

(Moncton, New Brunswick – October 23, 2017) For the first time in NBL Canada history, the league’s All-time leading scorer will be playing for a different team. Head Coach and GM of Player Operations Joe Salerno announced today the Magic have signed former League MVP Anthony Anderson for the 2017-18 season.

Anderson, a 5’11” guard from Lynn, Massachusetts is no stranger to the NBL Canada’s Atlantic division, having played for the Saint John Riptide the previous 6 seasons. He has etched his name all over the league’s record books, including becoming the NBL’s All-time leading scorer, compiling an unprecedented 4,144 points during his time in Saint John. He is also the league’s All-time leader in assists (1,185), three point field goals (441), free throws (935), and games played (197).

“He is the most prolific scorer this league has ever seen” commented Salerno.  “He not only has the ability to score the ball almost at will, but also make everyone around him a better player. It’s very rare to find a player who can do both of those things, and he has been doing it consistently for years.”

Anderson, who was named the league’s MVP in 2013-14, has been among the NBL Canada’s elite since its inaugural season, being named a league 1st or 2nd team All-Star in each of his six seasons. This past year saw the veteran guard lead the NBL Canada in scoring for the 4th time in his career, averaging 23.05 points per game, along with 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds.  

The Magic and Anderson came to terms on Thursday evening, signing the restricted free-agent almost 3 weeks after the leagues October 1st deadline. Saint John, who had until Saturday evening to match the offer declined, making Anderson’s contract with the Magic official.

“This has been a lengthy process, something we have been working on for 3 weeks now, so you can imagine how thrilled we were to finally get this deal done” said Salerno.  “Opportunities to sign a player like this don’t come around too often, so when they do, you have to be prepared to jump on them. This organization is committed to having a winning season and competing for an NBL title, signing a guy like Anderson is all part of that process.”

It will certainly be a different site for NBL Canada fans to see Anderson in a different uniform this upcoming season, but something the former UMASS product claims he is looking forward to.
“It will be a little different being on the opposite side of the 506 rivalry, but it should be fun” said Anderson Sunday evening. “Joe is a great coach, we have signed a bunch of talented guys and I’m just super excited to get to Moncton and get started.”

The Magic will open up their inaugural training camp on November 3rd. Fans’ first opportunity to see Anderson and the rest of the Magic will be on November 8th when the team plans to hold its Black and White Inter-squad Scrimmage at Crandall University. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.00 with the proceeds going to Crandall University Athletics. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.

About MONCTON MAGIC Headquartered in Moncton, NB, the MONCTON MAGIC is a professional basketball organization that operates under a licensing agreement with the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). The team will play its games in a two-conference league with clubs located in the Provinces of Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Media Contact: media.relations@monctonmagic.ca


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