Tag:Antonio Anderson
Posted on: February 27, 2009 3:16 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2009 5:08 pm

Dear Gary (on Antonio Anderson and his defense)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: In light of the recent piece about Shane Battier in the New York Times highlighting Shane as a "no-stats all star" what do you think of the prospect of Antonio Anderson of Memphis becoming a future Shane Battier type player in the NBA? Regardless of height/size and position differences, it seems they both excel at shutting down the opposing teams' top player and amassing all the statistics that don't necessarily show up in a stat line?

-- Matt

I get a similar question from time to time because I live in Memphis, and today seems like a reasonable day to finally address it given that Anderson forced UAB's Robert Vaden into an 0-of-17 effort from the field Thursday night. So let's address it. And I suppose the thing to do first is to point out that Shane Battier was the National Player of the Year in college, a guy who averaged 19.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in his senior year at Duke. Simply put, Anderson is not that kind of college player. He's just not. So what we're really comparing is not whether Anderson can be Battier at the NBA level, but whether Anderson is in college what Battier is in the NBA, and I think that's a fair assessment.

Antonio Anderson is to the Memphis Tigers what Shane Battier is to the Houston Rockets.

That makes sense.

But expecting Anderson to be a "future Shane Battier type player in the NBA" is probably a bit of a stretch, because what you're asking is whether Anderson can start and play 30 minutes per game at the NBA level, and that's going to be difficult for a variety of reasons, most notably because he's a shooting guard who isn't considered a great -- or even good -- shooter. Consider: Battier made 41.9 percent of his 3-point attempts as a senior at Duke while Anderson is currently making 26.7 percent. So again, I think it might be a little much to ask Anderson to be Battier at the NBA level, but there's no question he does for the Memphis Tigers what Battier does for the Houston Rockets, which is why he's leading Memphis in minutes played for the fourth consecutive season.

You get that?

Through the past four years, Memphis has had Derrick Rose, Rodney Carney, Shawne Williams, Tyreke Evans, Darius Washington, Joey Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jeremy Hunt and all sorts of talented dudes who are better shooters, scorers or players in general. And yet nobody has played more minutes per game in any of the past four seasons than Antonio Anderson has played for John Calipari, and that should tell you all you need to know about his value as a college player on a succesful college team.


Posted on: November 4, 2008 12:46 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2008 12:49 pm

Memphis wounded heading into exhibition

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- I walked into the Finch center Monday, told John Calipari I was there to see his team.

"You won't see much," Calipari said.

And then the wounded began to take their positions.

There was Antonio Anderson, hanging out under a basket, a device attached to his lower leg designed to help with shin splints. To his left was Tyreke Evans and Angel Garcia, both on the sideline watching, Evans with a sprained ankle, Garcia with a sprained knee. And then there was C.J. Henry still recovering from a broken foot.

Combined, that's two starters (Anderson and Evans) and two key reserves (Garcia and Henry) that the Tigers won't have Tuesday night when they play Christian Brothers University in an exhibition. So yeah, Calipari is frustrated because it was going to be hard enough to replace Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey even if everything went perfectly. But anybody waiting for the world-is-out-to-get-us quote from Calipari will have to keep waiting because the man who has managed to again sell every season ticket in the 18,000-seat FedExForum isn't openly complaining or feeling sorry for himself.

"I'm not saying anything because we had none last year," Calipari said. "Stuff happens."

Indeed, Rose, Douglas-Roberts and Anderson each played all 40 games last season, and Dorsey played the final 38. Robert Dozier only missed three games (two early because of a small injury, one later for discipline), meaning the usual starters who led Memphis to a 38-2 record combined to play 195 of a possible 200 games.

"We went through a whole season with a couple of nicks, bumps and that's it," Calipari said. "So this happens."

The healing process looks like this: Anderson should return to practice late this week, Evans could be back by the Nov. 15 opener against Fairfield and Garcia and Henry are both probably out until mid-December. The Tigers' first real test will come either Nov. 17 against UMass or Nov. 21 in a likely game with Southern California in Puerto Rico.
Posted on: May 23, 2008 10:10 am

Dorsey: Anderson and Dozier returning to Memphis

Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier are keeping quiet about their future plans.

But, as always, Joey Dorsey is talking.

The former Memphis Tiger told CBSSports.com on Friday morning that though Anderson and Dozier are still technically in the NBA Draft, they are planning to withdraw and return to college for their senior years.

"They will be coming back to school," Dorsey said. "Take it from me. They're coming back."

Assuming Dorsey is correct -- and he promised he is -- John Calipari is assured of another preseason Top 15 team even with the losses of Dorsey, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose. A probable Memphis starting lineup will be Willie Kemp, Tyreke Evans, Anderson, Dozier and Shawn Taggart.
Posted on: April 22, 2008 11:41 am

Declaring for the draft doesn't always mean much

I've been operating under the assumption everybody understands the process.

But it appears I might've been wrong.

So let me take this moment to address any readers who think the slew of juniors making themselves available for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent is proof that these wacky kids are acting stupid. Actually, there's nothing stupid about it. In fact, it's incredibly smart to the point where any junior with any sort of reasonable pro aspirations would probably be wise to declare and go through the process because of a rule change that allows NBA teams to cover all expenses of private workouts.

In other words, if an NBA team asks a prospect to workout said NBA team will pay for the flight, hotel, meals and any other expense a prospect might incur, meaning there is no obvious downside to juniors declaring for the draft as long as they do not compromise their amateur status. The worst-case scenario will have somebody like West Virginia's Joe Alexander bouncing around the country, staying in nice hotels and getting professional feedback on his game, professional feedback about what scouts like and dislike. If the feedback is positive, Alexander can then sign with an agent and remain the draft. If the feedback is negative, he can return to school with a solid understanding of where he stands in regards to his NBA dreams.

Either way, it's all good.

So don't be surprised when you see guys like Jeremy Pargo or Antonio Anderson or Luc Richard Mbah Moute make themselves available for the draft without hiring an agent. In the end, there's a good chance it won't mean a thing, and they'll likely be back playing at a college near you in less than seven months.
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