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Will James Anderson Be the Starting Shooting Guard for 76ers?

October 17th, 2013 at 8:09 AM
By Ryan White

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The Philadelphia 76ers are especially weak at shooting guard position and those on the team's regular season roster are just not experienced. So whom do they have to work with?

Shooting guard James Anderson, at 6-6 and 215 lbs. was selected to be Philadelphia's starting shooting guard for the 2013-14 seasons, a position he has competed strongly for. 

He has started in six of his 116 career NBA games and averaged 11.1 minutes per game in his first three seasons in the NBA. He scored 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 27.4 minutes.

Drafted with the 20th pick in the 1st round by the San Antonia Spurs in 2010.

With superb preseason play. Anderson’s first preseason play was against Bilbao, where he scored 15 points on 6/8 shooting with seven boards, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

Again, against the Boston Celtics, Anderson scored 16 points on 6/10 shooting (two threes) with six rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes. He still needs to improve his defensive intensity and his ability to get to the rim off the dribble.

Brett Brown, 76ers coach states, “We are looking for that from him. We need to help him, continue to develop him. He's always been a scorer, since I've been with him for a little bit during my Spur days. He also did it at Oklahoma State. The three-line is going to be very important for us.”

Philadelphia needs to hit the perimeter shots and Anderson is one of the 76ers few players that can knock down the long shots.

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