When I think of James Anderson, I think of the days of his college career at Oklahoma State. Particularly, he was a standout and a prolific scorer in his final year, averaging 22.3 points a game.
Anderson is now in his fourth year in the NBA, and the damage that he did at the college level has not yet translated to the pros. He started his career with the San Antonio Spurs and barely received any playing time. He has career averages of 3.7 points, 39 percent shooting and only 11.1 minutes per game.
Anderson is going to certainly get his best chance to play and compete this year with the Philadelphia 76ers. New GM Sam Hinkie brought him over from the Houston Rockets and so far, head coach Brett Brown has been impressed with Anderson.
He currently has him running with the first-team offense at the shooting guard position alongside Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. At this point, it is Anderson’s job to lose because he is pretty much the only guy on the roster that is a true shooting guard.
Tony Wroten will be breathing down his neck to take his starter’s minutes but at the same time, it’s hard to justify a starting backcourt where neither guy can shoot very well. If Anderson continues to knock down outside shots, he will be the starting shooting guard for this rebuilding Sixers team.
This will be the first time in Anderson’s pro career that he is not buried on the end of the bench. He has every opportunity to be a starter on this team and he has looked good so far; now he just has to go out and keep it up.