Ryan Anderson's value to the New Orleans Pelicans must be measured in more than stats. His ability to stretch the floor, and his presence as a leader does wonders for the least experienced team in the NBA. However, if one does want to consider stats, he's the team's leading scorer at 19.8 points a contest, while also pulling down 6.5 rebounds. He's one of the best three point shooters in the league.

Anderson's value will be felt even more for the foreseeable future, as the Pelicans will not have the services of their 6'10 power forward. The Pelicans announced today that Anderson has been ruled out indefinitely with a herniated disc.

Anderson suffered the injury last Friday during a game in Boston. Celtics forward Gerald Wallace collided with a portion of Anderson's neck. Ryan fell to the floor and was eventually carted off several minutes later. While the team left for a Saturday game in Indiana, Anderson remained hospitalized in a Boston hospital.

Depending on the severity of the injury, Anderson could miss anywhere from a month to the rest of the season.

Best wishes to Anderson on a full recovery.