Brooklyn Nets 2013 Player Profile: Alan Anderson

By John Raffel
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets made plenty of noise with their offseason moves, especially by bringing in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

But the addition of Alan Anderson from the Toronto Raptors shouldn’t be taken lightly either. While Anderson may not be a starter, he’s sure to provide excellent depth to the team.

His career in the NBA has been up and down since he came to the league for the 2006-07 season. It was mostly down with a four-season absence from the league while he was playing in Europe and elsewhere before the Raptors used him in 17 games and 12 starts for the 2011-12 season. He showed some solid play in Europe by winning the MVP in the Croatian Cup and Spanish Cup in 2009 and 2011.

Anderson played admirably last season with 65 appearances and two starts for the Raptors, averaging 23.0 minutes, 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He shot 38.3 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from behind the arc and 85.7 percent in free throws.

With the Nets, Anderson will add flexibility to the rotation. If he can give the team 22 to 25 quality minutes per game, the Nets are going to only be that much better.

It might not be that easy for Anderson to find playing time, considering the Nets have five current or former All-Stars in their lineup, plus a deep bench. Anderson is ready and excited about the challenge.

A 6-foot-6 swingman, Anderson will give the Nets solid scoring and defensive help. He’s not a bad rebounder and he can create his own offense. He’ll have an impact on a very talented team if he steps up his game a few notches.

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