Sep 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard James Anderson (9) during a media day photo shoot at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Player Profile: James Anderson


Oct 11, 2013; Newark, DE, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Anderson (9) shoots during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

  • 6-6, 215 lbs.
  • Shooting Guard
  • Drafted with the 20th pick in the 1st round by the San Antonia Spurs in 2010

James Anderson is a name that isn’t familiar in the NBA by any standards. However, Anderson is making noise in Philadelphia and appears to be competing strongly for the starting two-guard position. At only 24 years young, Anderson is hoping to prove to be worth of his first-round selection in 2010. The Spurs don’t miss on draft picks, so Philadelphia may have found something special in Anderson.

Anderson has only averaged 11.1 minutes per game in his first three seasons in the NBA, but he could be looking at upwards of 30+ minutes per game with the Sixers. This is encouraging, because Anderson will finally have the time on the court to prove he can play in the NBA.

Anderson has went from a D-League afterthought to starting two-guard, mainly because of his superb preseason play. In Friday’s preseason tilt with the rival Boston Celtics, Anderson scored 16 points on 6/10 shooting (two threes) with six rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes. Anderson’s first preseason action came against Bilbao, where he scored 15 points on 6/8 shooting with seven boards, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes. This should be a sign of positive things to come from Anderson, who has stood out in his first two preseason games.

James Anderson is a player who deserves a chance and will get a chance with the Sixers. Fans may not know his name right now, but they’ll be screaming it after he knocks down some buckets for the Sixers. On a team that does not have many bright spots for the 2013-2014 season, underdog James Anderson is aiming to turn the light on.

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