At this point most NBA rosters are fairly set. However, they all have one or two roster spots they could switch players in and out of if it improves the team. One player who remains unsigned and could make a significant addition to a roster is veteran David Andersen.
The New York Knicks have Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw filling the last two spots on their roster. They aren't the worst options but there's still room for improvement. Could Phil Jackson look to David Andersen as a final addition to Derek Fisher's first Knicks team?
David Andersen is a 34 year old veteran stretch big man. At 6'11", 245 pounds he's big enough to play center and yet agile enough to play power forward. He has low-post moves, a mid-range game, the ability to take opponents off the dribble and can drain shots from behind the three-point arc. He even plays some defense. He's basically a cheap man's Dirk Nowitzki.
Andersen has dual citizenship and has played basketball professionally since 1998. From 1998-99 he played for the Wollongong Hawks. He also played for the Kinder Bologna from 1999-2003, Montepaschi Siena from 2003-04, CSKA Moscow from 2004-08, FC Barcelona from 2008-09.
He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 37th overall pick in the second round during the 2002 NBA Draft. However, he didn't come to the NBA till 2009 when he joined the Houston Rockets. He stayed their from 2009-10, joined the Toronto Raptors in 2010 and played for the New Orleans Hornets from 2010-11.
He then returned overseas and played for Montepaschi Siena from 2011-12, Fenerbahce Ulker from 2012-13 and Strasbourg IG in 2014.
He's won everywhere. He's won three Euroleague championships (2001,2006,2008), won the Albert Schweitzer Tournament MVP in 1998, named the Australian Junior Player of the Year in 1998, named the Italian League Finals MVP in 2004, named to the All-Euroleague First Team in 2005, the Italian Cup MVP in 2012 and the Turkish Cup MVP in 2013.
He's also won gold medals with the Austrailian National Team in 2003, 2005 and 2007. In his pro career he's won three Italian Cup championships (2001,2002,2012), two Italian League championships (2001,2004), two Triple Crown championships (2001,2006), three Russian Cup championships (2005,2006,2007), four Russian Super League championships (2005,2006,2007,2008), a Spanish League championship in 2009, Italian SuperCup championships 2011 and 2012 and a Turkish Cup championship in 2013.
Unlike most of his teammates who have sealed their playing contracts in the NBA or Europe for next season, the 213-centimetre big man has kept his dance-card free with the hope he can show potential NBA suitors he is worth signing for the upcoming season.
"I had a couple of offers come up but I told my agents that I would focus on the World Cup and try and help us do something special, and then decide after that where I will end up," Andersen said.
"It could be Europe, it hopefully will be America but it could be anywhere, even China – it's why I'm leaving my options open and letting my agents do their work while the World Cup is on. I'm rolling the dice a bit and seeing what happens."
Teams who enjoy versatile big men who preach ball movement like the San Antonio Spurs and the Knicks should have plenty of interest in the 16-year veteran. Andersen has the tools to be a rotation player for the Knicks team moving forward.
He's not the type of player Jackson should hesitate giving a multi-year contract to. That being said, the Knicks only have the veteran's minimum to offer at this point. However, the chance to join a team with a system he's built for and play next to Carmelo Anthony might be enough to get him to New York.
The Knicks are filled with several scoring options, Andersen's well balanced game could make him hard to guard with teams being forced to be mindful of the other Knicks on the court. He's also not a liability on the defensive end so if the Knicks can secure Andersen's services for the minimum they should.
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