Anderson will start in place of Kawhi Leonard (illness) Saturday, Project Spurs' Paul Garcia reports. Anderson, the MVP of Las Vegas summer league, will get a good opportunity to show what he can do in an extended look Saturday. He probably won't look to score much, but he has the skill set to offer across the board production. Leonard should return in a game or two.
Anderson was unable to score (0-1 FG) in his six minutes of action against the Knicks on Monday. Anderson is considered to be Kawhi Leonard's backup at small forward, however he has not been seeing very much time in that role. Currently, Anderson is averaging only 7.8 minutes per game through the Spurs first four games, and has scored just four points total. It's hard to imagine that Anderson will see his role increase on a Spurs team with this much veteran talent.
Anderson is averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists on 19.9 minutes through five preseason games. Anderson is entering his second year in the league after a rookie campaign where he often was confined to the bench, averaging just 10.8 minutes after 33 appearances. He's in line for a jump in participation under coach Gregg Popovich, but expectations should be curbed since the 20-year-old will likely be slotted behind Tony Parker, Patty Mills, and Ray McCallum for the majority of the 2015-16 season.
Anderson led all Spurs scorers off the bench with 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while contributing four rebounds, three assists, and two steals over 26 minutes in Thursday's preseason loss to the Kings. Anderson benefited from the Spurs resting four of their key regulars (Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Boris Diaw), but nevertheless, it was nice to see the second-year swingman carry over the momentum from a huge Las Vegas Summer League performance that saw him come away with MVP honors. So long as the quintet of Parker, Ginobili, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Patty Mills remains healthy, it's difficult to envision Anderson parlaying his summer league and training camp achievements into a notable bench role right away this season, but it's probably safe to predict that any injury to one or more of those players will occur at some point. When that time comes, Anderson stands to gain a huge uptick in minutes, and thus, fantasy relevance.
The Spurs announced Wednesday they have recalled forward Kyle Anderson from their NBA Development League affiliate, per the team's website. Anderson has appeared in 33 games for San Antonio this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes of action.
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