Vipers acquire Anderson from Bakersfield

November 2, 2012

MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced that they have acquired James Anderson from the Bakersfield Jam in exchange for Jerel McNeal.

Anderson, a 6’6” shooting guard, was picked 20th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. Anderson played in a total of 77 games for the Spurs over two seasons. During that time, he also saw minutes with the Spurs affiliate Austin Toros. At the end of last season, Anderson became a free agent and was recently acquired by the Jam.

Anderson played three seasons for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and was named Big 12 Player of the Year at the conclusion of his junior year. That season, he led the conference in scoring with 24 ppg and led the Cowboys to a 9-7 conference record.

The Junction City, Ark. native is a graduate of Junction City High School. Anderson led the Dragons to the Class 2A state championship, where he scored 43 points in the final game. He was also named Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year, and was named to the McDonald’s and Parade All-American Teams.

Rio Grande Valley fans will be able to watch Anderson live when the Vipers host the Jam Nov. 23 and 24 at State Farm Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. both nights. Call the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit to purchase your seats.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at