To say that the Brooklyn Nets have been busy during the 2013 NBA off-season would be gravely understating what they’ve done this summer. On the night of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Nets completed a deal that landed them Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. Brooklyn then went on to sign Andrei Kirilenko and, to much less hype, Shaun Livingston.
Apparently the Nets weren’t done shopping, though. On Friday, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, the Nets agreed to a two-year deal with veteran shooting guard Alan Anderson. Sure Anderson isn’t going to draw the same amount of interest as guys like Pierce, Garnett and Kirilenko, but he still gives the Nets a valuable commodity: insurance.
Anderson has spent the last two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and just completed his fourth season in the NBA. In the 65 games that he played last season, Anderson averaged 10.7 points, 1.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 32 minutes per game, though he shot only 38.3 percent from the floor and just 33.3 percent from the field.
Though there’s no official word, it’s hard to imagine Anderson playing anything close to 23 minutes per game off of the bench for the Nets. Brooklyn has Joe Johnson firmly locking down the starting two-guard position and Terry is one of the most storied sixth men in the history of the league.
Essentially, Anderson will give the Nets insurance for the upcoming season. Johnson is 32 years old and was plagued by plantar fasciitis at the end of last season and Terry is 35 and saw a decline in his skills and physical tools last season. If one of those guys is forced to take a night off due to injury, Anderson is a player who can effectively come off of the bench and be a role player.
Overall Anderson has been an inefficient player over the past two seasons in Toronto. However, on Brooklyn he will be low on the totem pole in terms of offensive options. It’s hard to imagine his role being anything more than sitting out on the wings and being asked to knock down open threes. Considering that he has the ability to shoot around 40 percent from long-range, he should be able to succeed in that role.
Should there be a ton of buzz surrounding the Anderson signing? Probably not—he’s not exactly a game-changer for them. What Anderson will bring to the table, though, is a safety net to fall onto if one of the Nets’ stars or new signings happens to succumb to injury. Even if not many people are going to be talking about it, this is a solid move by the Nets.