Year-In-Review | Justin Anderson
24 G | 21.6 MPG | 8.5 PPG (46.6 FG%) | 29.2 3FG% | 21 3FGM | 78.0 FT% | 4.0 R | 1.4 APG * * With Sixers, following 2/23 trade.
• After being acquired from Dallas at the February 23rd trade deadline in a deal that also involved Nerlens Noel, Anderson saw his opportunities - and, subsequently, his output - increase. In his 24-game stint with the Sixers, the athletic, feisty wingman produced points, rebounds, and assists at a career-high pace, doing so all while shooting the ball better and playing more than he ever had in two years as a pro.
• Anderson enjoyed a particularly strong home stretch to the 2016-2017 campaign. Thrust into the Sixers’ starting three-man role after Robert Covington sustained what ended up being a season-ending right knee injury, Anderson held his own. He tallied five double-figure scoring outings amidst this eight-game stretch. Previously, he had surpassed the 10-point mark only three times with the Sixers.
• Prior to joining the Sixers, Anderson had made 51 appearances with the Mavericks, serving almost exclusively as a back-up. In Dallas, he logged only 13.9 minutes per game, roughly seven and a half minutes fewer than his eventual average with the Sixers, while accounting for 6.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per tilt.
When Anderson went to the rim, he usually went to mean it, as Brett Brown sometimes likes to say. Thanks to a combination of speed, athleticism, and toughness, the Virginia product did a good amount of damage attacking the basket, scoring on nearly 61.0 percent of his drive attempts. The figure topped the Sixers in games played after the All-Star break. Specifically, Anderson displayed purposeful dunking ability. Over 25.0 percent of his field goals with the Sixers came via slams, with this powerful flush versus Atlanta on March 29th being one of them.
When it comes to Anderson’s developmental path, the 2015 21st overall pick and Sixers alike realize that work on his perimeter game is important. Despite hitting 28.9 percent of his career 3-point heaves, the 23-year old closed the campaign on a promising note, converting 11 of 28 triple tries (39.3%) over his final seven outings. Here, against the Knicks, Anderson makes Carmelo Anthony pay for giving him too much space.
Thanks to a career showing at Madison Square Garden in the Sixers’ April 12th finale, Anderson headed into the spring and summer months in auspicious fashion. He erupted for a personal-best 26 points, on the strength of 9 for 10 shooting overall, and 3 for 4 from the outside.
Statement for the Summer:
“To be honest, and to not sound cliche, I’m going to change a lot with my game. It’s going to be a huge summer for me, because I want to establish myself here, and I want to give these coaches and this organization a reason to be able to trust me.”