The Brooklyn Nets are a team on the rise but one of their players has been in decline for over the last two weeks. Alan Anderson was once seen as a reliable player in the rotation, but with the deal for Marcus Thornton, Anderson’s minutes and contributions have been minimal.
He was once in the starting lineup due to injuries by other players, but since everyone has been healthy Jason Kidd has not called his number too much. He is used sparingly over the course of a game and his confidence has taken a hit as well. The bench is well stacked, but with Andrei Kirilenko, Thronton and Paul Pierce (at times) seeing more minutes that leaves Anderson as the odd man out.
If called upon he can still be a defensive stopper and reliable perimeter player, but with the season winding down and starters playing 30+ minutes now, it’s hard for him to get into a playing rhythm. Kidd must not forget that Anderson was there when the season was falling apart and no one wanted to step up and take big shots. He has paid his dues for this team but he is getting rewarded by being glued to the end of the bench.
The way the Nets’ season has gone makes me believe that we have not seen the last of Anderson. The Nets are doing everything in their power to get into the playoffs with their renewed focus. They must not forget Anderson because he is one of thereasons why they were able to hang around when the team was struggling.