His achievements haven't been recognised enough in Australia, that's for sure. Four-time Olympian, 2-time World Championships player. That's impressive in itself. I need help with this one, but I expect that is the most major tournaments for the Boomers since Heal, Gaze, Bradtke, Vlahov.
I wonder if the criticism he received on forums in the past was based on perceptions that he performed lower than expected given his sudden high reputation in Europe. Coming off an Italian league finals MVP in 2004, he averaged under 5ppg in 19mpg for the Boomers in Athens. He still didn't have a major role in 2008, despite being a past Euroleague All-1st team player prior to this. It also didn't help that he was out of sight playing in his prime in Europe.
I wonder if I asked these questions, how many would guess correctly:
- Who was the leading rebounder for the Boomers in 2010?
- Who was the leading rebounder for the Boomers in 2012?
- Who was the leading rebounder for the Boomers in 2014?
The answer is actually Andersen for... ok, just 2010 and 2012. Didn't want the quiz to be too predictable. Andersen was a close 2nd behind Baynes in 2014.
- Who was the leading rebounder per minute of court time for the Boomers in 2016?
Again, the answer is Andersen. This surprises me because I don't think he's ever been known as much of a rebounder.
Major tournament scoring, rebounding stats:
2004 Athens: 4.7ppg, 4.7rpg (8th in scoring, equal 2nd in rebounds)
2008 Beijing: 6.5ppg, 3.5rpg (equal 6th in scoring, equal 3rd in rebounds)
2010 Turkey: 10.4ppg, 7.4rpg (4th in scoring, 1st in rebounds)
2012 London: 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg (3rd in scoring, 1st in rebounds)
2014 Spain: 6.3ppg, 5.0rpg (9th in scoring, 2nd in rebounds)
2016 Rio: 8.8ppg, 4.8rpg (5th in scoring, 3rd in rebounds)
(Rankings are within the Boomers team based on averages)
Three point shooting has gone from:
- 0/1 0% 2004 Athens
- 3/6 50% 2008 Beijing
- 6/15 40% 2010 Turkey
- 8/20 40% 2012 London
- 1/4 25% 2014 Spain
- 4/11 36% 2016 Rio
That's 39% career in major tournaments. Very impressive coming from your 4/5-man.
Not only did Andersen play in 6 major tournaments, he also put his hand up for several Oceania qualification tournaments. He's been a very committed Boomer.