NBA experience giving James Anderson an edge

NBA experience giving James Anderson an edge
October 7, 2013, 11:45 am
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James Anderson averaged 10.6 minutes per game last season with Houston, and has just six career NBA starts. (USA Today Images)

James Anderson started alongside Michael Carter-Williams in the Sixers’ first preseason game. Anderson said during training camp that his goal was to become the team’s starting two-guard and that he wanted his teammates to trust him with that role.

Sunday in Spain, Anderson showed why Coach Brown has confidence in giving him that starting role.

Anderson, the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs, was 6 for 8 from the floor finishing with 15 points in the Sixers’ 106-104 victory over Bilbao.

Before heading overseas Anderson said settling in with his fourth NBA team was smooth because there was some familiarity.

“It’s been good so far,” Anderson said. “It helped that I already knew Sam (Hinkie) and I knew Coach Brown from San Antonio. Already knowing them made the transition easy.”

Anderson spent part of last season with the Rockets, which explains his connection to Hinkie.

Anderson came to the Sixers having made six career NBA starts in three seasons. He had also been waived three times. So when Brett Brown had him running with the starters from day one of training camp, Anderson’s eyes grew wide.

“This is a big role for me to prove to myself and the fans that I can play in this league,” Anderson said. “It is an opportunity that I have been waiting on since I was a rookie and I think this may be the best opportunity of all.”

Anderson looked at the Sixers’ roster and realized he had an edge going into camp: NBA experience.

“I already know what to expect and how to push some of the younger guys,” Anderson said. “You have to keep pushing no matter what. I am definitely prepared for anything.”