Anderson is expected to step in as the Suns' starter at power forward, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Suns acquired the veteran sharpshooter from Houston on Thursday night, parting ways with Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight in the process. While Anderson is notoriously poor on the defensive end, the expectation is he'll start alongside rookie Deandre Ayton up front, meaning Trevor Ariza and Devin Booker will likely slot in at the three and two, respectively, assuming the Suns are able to acquire a starting-caliber point guard before the season begins.
Anderson and De'Anthony Melton were traded from Houston to Phoenix in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Anderson recorded 9.3 points along with 5.0 rebounds on 26.2 minutes per game last season with the Rockets. His playing time dropped off during the playoffs, so perhaps a change of scenery could turn his play around during the 2018-2019 season.
Anderson was a healthy scratch Sunday watching on from the sidelines for the entirety of the contest. Anderson's role fell away completely Sunday as he stayed warm with his towel waving arm only. He has been used as a backup center throughout this series and this was just not a good situation for Anderson. He could see more minutes in the next round should the Rockets advance but his decline has been very apparent across the season and appears to be something he will need to become adjusted to moving forward.
Anderson finished with 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 18 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 loss to Minnesota. Anderson's 12 total points came entirely from three-pointers, while he contributed little else across the board. He has had an unimpressive season and is basically a three-point streamer, something that looks like it will stick for the immediate future.
Anderson (ankle) will be available for Saturday's Game 3 against Minnesota, Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports. As anticipated, Anderson will be available Saturday after missing the first two games of the series, as well as the the final four games of the regular season with a sprained ankle. Given his defensive liabilities, the 29-year-old could see limited minutes, though that may be offset by the continued absence of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (shoulder).
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