San Antonio Spurs' James Anderson is a player who has a lot to gain or lose over this off-season. He has the pressure of competing for major minutes with DeSean Butler returning to full health, and the opportunity to gain valuable playing time if he can solidify himself as a reliable back up to Richard Jefferson or even challenge Jefferson for the starting small forward position.
Back in February, I wrote a piece on all three of the San Antonio Spurs’ rookies (Tiago Splitter, Anderson and Gary Neal.) Here is an excerpt on how Anderson was playing before he was injured, six games into the season.
Even more impressive, is looking at his six games in detail. The least he scored was 5pts and he was starting to show defensive skills early.
Vs. Indiana: 10 pts, 1 stl.
Vs. New Orleans: 5 pts, 1 blk.
Vs. Los Angeles Clippers: 8 pts, 1 blk.
Vs. Phoenix: 6 pts, 1 stl, 1 blk.
Vs. Charlotte: 6 pts.
Vs. Los Angeles Clippers: 7 pts.
In the month of November, his stat line looked very productive:
November: 4 GP, 17mpg, 6.8ppg, 43% FG, 54% 3PT.
After rehabbing and spending some time with the Austin Toros during the month of January, Anderson returned to the team in February and posted this stat line:
February: 5 GP, 8.4mpg, 2.2pg, 36% FG, 33% 3PT.
The most points he scored in February would be six against the New Jersey Nets on February 25th. Keep in mind that the team was playing exceptionally well in February, so the rotation was already being formulated. Any minutes Anderson received were usually at the end of blowouts.