James Anderson has been a surprising pick up for the Philadelphia 76ers at shooting guard. The only question is whether head coach Brett Brown should keep him in the starting lineup next season if the Sixers decide to bring him back.
Anderson fits in this season’s starting lineup with a pool of 12th men and D-League talent. He’s averaging a career-high 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Those may not seem like impressive stats, but Anderson has taken major strides in boosting his stats this season on both ends of the floor.
He will fit in perfectly as the sixth man on an Sixers team expected to improve next season. He couldn’t quite make it on a championship contender like the San Antonio Spurs, and the Houston Rockets decided to part ways with Anderson once they built their championship contending team this season.
GM Sam Hinkie has a fondness for tapping into the waiver pool by signing players like Anderson. He fits in this season’s starting lineup since he complements the rest of the starters with his ability to force turnovers and knock down three-pointers. The problem will be next season when the Sixers look to attract a marquee small forward or shooting guard. That will put Anderson in an awkward position since he’s best suited in the shooting guard role.
Reserve Tony Wroten is the only other player who can challenge Anderson for the starting role this season, but Anderson is a better outside shooter and defender.
The only problem having Anderson come off the bench is giving him and Wroten minutes as both players can’t play any other position.