Sometimes, a player’s worth is much more than the statistics that they are putting up.
A great example this is the Toronto Raptors’ Alan Anderson. Anderson may not be lighting up the scoreboard, but he brings a presence off the bench that Toronto needs. The team should make sure that they get him under contract again for next season.
He made just $854,389 this past year during his fourth NBA season, his second with Toronto. Anderson had been out of the league for five years prior to signing with the Raptors before the 2011-12 season. He averaged a career-high 10.7 points a game this season off the bench while only playing 23 minutes per game as well, so Anderson made the most of the minutes he did get.
That’s my point with Anderson. He isn’t scoring 20 points a game, but is allowing a player like Rudy Gay some time on the bench to rest without the team losing their scoring punch.
The bench players are always somewhat overlooked. That shouldn’t be done with Anderson. If the Raptors don’t want him, I’m sure there will be a lot of teams who will scoop him up for their own squad. If the Raptors can give Anderson a two-year deal worth $3 million, that should be enough to keep him in town.
That said, I wouldn’t blame him if he wanted to go somewhere else where he could get a starting job.