James Anderson (basketball)
|No. 23 – Žalgiris Kaunas|
|League||Lithuanian Basketball League
March 25, 1989 |
El Dorado, Arkansas
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Junction City
(Junction City, Arkansas)
|College||Oklahoma State (2007–2010)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|2010–2012||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011||→Austin Toros (D-League)|
|2012||San Antonio Spurs|
|2014–present||Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
James Lee Anderson (born March 25, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He played college basketball at Oklahoma State University. In 2010, Anderson was named Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and a first team All-American. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
High school career
Anderson attended Junction City High School in Junction City, Arkansas. As a senior in 2006–07, Anderson led the Dragons to the Arkansas Class 2A state championship, scoring 43 points in the title game. Anderson was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Arkansas and named to the McDonald's and Parade All-American teams.
Anderson chose Oklahoma State University and made an immediate impact, scoring 29 points in his first collegiate game, a 104–48 win over Prairie View. Anderson would continue his strong play, averaging 13.3 points per game. He was named honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Rookie team.
James Anderson continued to progress as a sophomore, raising his scoring average to 18.2 points per game and surpassed the 1,000 career point milestone in just his second year. He was named Academic All-Big 12 and a second team All-Conference pick.
Anderson's junior year saw him become the top performer in the Big 12 Conference. Anderson paced the conference in scoring, averaging over 24 points per game in conference play. He led the Cowboys to a 9–7 league record. At the conclusion of the Big 12 regular season, James Anderson was named Big 12 Player of the Year. The Sporting News also named Anderson a first team All-American.
Anderson appeared in six games early in the season, before being sidelined with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. On January 26, 2011, he was assigned to the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League, in order to get back into playing form. Anderson played two games for the Toros, before being recalled by the Spurs three days later. However, on February 7, he was assigned to the Toros once again, where he appeared in five more games, before being recalled by the Spurs on February 23. The Spurs did not exercise his player option during the summer, and he became a free agent.
In September 2012, Anderson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. He was waived by the Hawks on October 27, 2012. Afterwards, Anderson was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League, then traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
On November 21, 2012, Anderson signed with the Spurs for a second stint, hoping to fill the void on the small forward position with both Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson out with injuries. He selected the #11 jersey since Nando De Colo was wearing his previous number, #25.
On July 16, 2013, he was claimed off of waivers by the Philadelphia 76ers. On November 13, 2013, he scored a career high 36 points in a 123-117 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. He hit a clutch three pointer with 6.6 seconds left on the clock to send the game into overtime. On June 30, 2014, Anderson was waived by the 76ers.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Oklahoma St. 104, Prairie View 48
- USA Men’s WUG Team Closes Out Competition Strong With 91–80 Victory Over Israel For The Bronze Medal
- 2010 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards Announced
- Sporting News' College Basketball All-America Team
- "Spurs assign James Anderson to Toros". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). January 26, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- Tim Griffin (January 16, 2011). "Anderson likely headed for D-League for rehab by end of week". Spurs Nation (Hearst Communications). Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- "Spurs recall James Anderson from Austin Toros". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). January 29, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "Spurs assign James Anderson to Austin Toros". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). February 7, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "James Anderson recalled from the Austin Toros". spurs.com (San Antonio Spurs). February 23, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
- Hawks add James Anderson, Keith Benson, Damion James, Carldell Johnson, Anthony Tolliver to training camp
- Atlanta Hawks waive James Anderson and Damion James
- Full List of 2012 Returning, Affiliate and Local Tryout Players Invited to NBA D-League Training Camps
- Vipers acquire Anderson from Bakersfield
- Spurs sign Anderson
- Anderson shocked to be back in silver and black
- Spurs Waive James Anderson
- 2012-13 Transactions
- Houston Rockets sign James Anderson, release Daequan Cook
- James Anderson Signs With Houston Rockets, Receives His Second Call-Up Of Season
- Anderson Signs with Rockets
- Houston Rockets waive James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht, and announce signings
- Philadelphia 76ers claim James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers
- Sixers Waive Guard James Anderson
- Zalgiris adds swingman Anderson
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