Sunday, September 29, 2013

James Anderson Is The Philadelphia 76ers' Starting SG For The 2013-14 NBA Season

The woeful Sixers are set to tank for a top pick in the stacked class of the 2014 NBA Draft and appointing James Anderson their starting SG, pre-camp, is one step in the process of tanking.

I'm a fan of James Anderson but believe me when I say, he is not a starter in the NBA. At best, James Anderson is a good role player with potential to be a team's 6th man one day. However, he is most likely to be the Sixers starting SG with Evan Turner playing more SF this season than SG and Thaddeus Young playing more PF than SF, since Lavoy Allen is isn't really a starting PF in the NBA. With Jason Richardson out for the year and no one else in his way, Anderson is likely to get the job. James Anderson has a prototypical SG body with him being 6'6 and 215 pounds while his skill-set revolves around his shooting touch (catch and shoot) and his perimeter defense, with his weaknesses being his lack of attacking the basket and inability to create offense for himself.

The 24-year old has been in the NBA for 3 seasons, with the 2013-14 season being the 4th, as he was drafted 20th overall in the 1st-round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, with his best season being in his final season in college, averaged 22.3 PPG. He then bounced around from the Spurs, to the D-League, the Hawks, the Spurs once again and finally the Houston Rockets where he was waived and claimed off of waivers by the Sixers, where he is right now. Lets look at his career averages in the 3 seasons he's been in the NBA:

James Anderson career stat-line:
  • 10.6 MPG
  • 3.7 PPG on .406/.327/.786 shooting
  • 1.5 RPG and 0.9 APG 
  • 0.2 SPG and 0.1 BPG
His best season came in the 2012-13 season with averages of:
  • 10.3 MPG
  • 3.8 PPG on .413/.350/.857 
  • 1.8 RPG and 1.1 APG
  • 0.4 SPG and 0.1 BPG
If you increase the numbers from his best season so far into per-36 minutes numbers, they look much better:
  • 13.4 PPG
  • 6.5 RPG and 3.8 APG
  • 1.3 SPG and 0.4 BPG
Realistic expectations for James Anderson in the 2013-14 season are averages of around 14 PPG, 6 RPG and 4 APG on 43/37/88 shooting, as well as 1.5 SPG and 0.5 BPG. All of that in around 28-32 MPG. James Anderson could really earn himself a 2+ year contract as a role player or even a 6th man for a team looking to boost their bench, which this kind of production. I'm looking forward to see what James Anderson can do and I wish him good luck. 

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  1. good player but not even on this team will he or should he start over Evan Turner.

  2. Obviously not. I'm not saying he'll start over Evan Turner, I'm saying that Turner is likely to play SF and since Lavoy Allen is not really a starting PF as well, Thaddeus Young will start at PF since he can't at SF with Turner there. Then there's the opening SG spot left and since Jason Richardson is out for the whole year, James Anderson gets the spot.

  3. Watch out for Anderson...this could be a breakout year...I like Anderson's game..he can really score in multiple ways


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