Sixers Claim Swingman James Anderson and Center Tim Ohlbrecht off Waivers
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – JULY 16, 2013 – The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have claimed swingman James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers. Both players were waived by Houston on July 15.
Anderson (6-6, 215) was originally the 20th overall pick by San Antonio in the 2010 NBA Draft. In three NBA seasons with the Spurs and Rockets, Anderson has appeared in 116 games with six starts, averaging 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 11.1 minutes per game.
This past season, Anderson was a member of Atlanta’s training camp and preseason roster before being waived prior to the start of the regular season. After a brief stint with the Rio Grande Vipers in the D-League, Anderson signed with the Spurs on Nov. 21 and appeared in 10 games before being waived on Dec. 20. The 24-year-old returned to the Vipers before being signed by the Rockets for the remainder of the season on Jan. 2.
As a junior at Oklahoma State in 2009-10, Anderson ranked sixth in the nation in scoring with 22.3 points per game and was named the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year. He started 99 of a possible 101 games during his collegiate career and never missed a game.
Ohlbrecht (6-11, 255) was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft. The native of Germany has several years of experience playing professionally in the German Bundesliga and has been of member of the German National Team since 2008.
This past season, Ohlbrecht joined Rio Grande Valley in the D-League and averaged 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.63 blocks and 1.13 steals in 26.6 minutes per game while shooting 60.5% from the floor and 81.1% from the line. The 24-year-old was named to the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game and posted a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Ohlbrecht was called up by the Rockets on Feb. 25 and appeared in three games. He returned to the Vipers for the D-League playoffs and helped lead the team to the championship.