Just finishing watching tonight's game VS NOH. Came out so impressed with the depth of our team, I mean our second unit can no doubt compete with over half of the starting 5s in the League. Although the player I wanted to talk about is actually our 13th player, James Anderson. I'll just recap his early career, was drafted in the first round last year. Started very well before he got injured and when he returned from injury was burried on the bench due to the excellent play of Gary Neal. On all account James worked his butt off this last offseason during the lockout, playing a number of pickup games and working on his game. Tony Parker also mentioned that James definitely surpirsed him the most with his play when the team first got back together after the lockout. Once again Anderson was projected to be a major contributor for the team this year. As luck would have it for Spurs, the growth of the rookie Kawhi and the great play by Danny Green has left Anderson buried deep on the bench once again. I was very surprised when the Spurs FO did not pick up Anderson's team option. Now from what I understand, the Spurs did try find different avenues in trading Anderson but weren't able to find any suitable takers. Now I know Anderson hasn't been able to really show his stuff, so his percieved value is quite low around the league. So I ask myself, what were the Spurs trying to get for him? A late first round pick? I don't think a team would have bitten on that. Dare I say only a second round pick? Now that sounds pretty ludacris that the Spurs would even consider that, but let's see what the options are. The FO didn't pick up his option for next year so he can walk to another team. Can the FO offer Anderson a minimum contract (that can save the team on not picking up his option, as he is a first round pick with guranteed first round money?) Now I know I out of anyone shouldn't be questioning the Spurs FO, but will this come back and bite us?
I have only seen Anderson play in only a handful of games, so the sample size is very small I understand that, but from what I have seen thus far I have been impressed. We all knew coming out of college that Anderson was a scorer. His athletic, has a nice smooth jumpshot. Actually the best way for me to describe his play would be smooth and laid back. I would love at certain times for him to show some emotion, only because it comes across like his uninterested. So what do my fellow Spurs lovers think? I really don't want another player we drafted kill it with another team.