People have a tendency to lose appreciation for old things once they acquire newer, more exciting ones. Jason Kidd? He’s no exception to this age-old trend.
Since acquiring 26-year-old guard Marcus Thornton in a pre-trade deadline deal with the Sacramento Kings in late February, the Brooklyn Nets‘ head coach has all but forgotten about Alan Anderson, the 31-year-old swingman, who was having a rather productive season while being utilized in multiple roles. And unless either Thornton or one of Brooklyn’s other shooting guards or small forwards go down due to injury, expect Anderson to continue seeing extremely limited playing time.
Anderson has seen double-digit minutes of game action in only one contest since March 1, when he played just 10 minutes against the Memphis Grizzlies this past Wednesday. He didn’t do himself much good that night, either, as he shot 0-for-3 from the field and recorded only two points when he did receive his opportunity. In fact, in four games this month, Anderson has been good for a combined total of four points.
Meanwhile, Thornton has already had two 20-plus-point performances in the month of March. What gives him the advantage over Anderson is his ability to create his own shot and score from all parts of the floor, whereas Anderson is primarily a knockdown shooter.
Obviously, the overall success of the Nets is as important to Anderson as it is to anyone else in the organization, but at this rate, it appears clear that the better Thornton performs, the worse Anderson’s situation in Brooklyn will become. Many teams would love to have a shooter like Anderson as a consistent member of their rotation, and the Nets should take advantage of that interest over the offseason if Thornton leaves a strong impression on management by season’s end. Having draft picks is always a nice luxury, and Anderson could be worth a decent second-rounder.
If acquiring Thornton would eventually lead to Anderson’s departure and another young asset as a result, it will almost be as though the Nets got a two-for-one deal, as they would love to get younger.
But if Anderson wants to avoid this fate, he has to be prepared as ever for any opportunities Kidd may give him. In the end, it all comes down to numbers. Just like it always has.