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James Anderson (basketball)

James Anderson
No. 23 – Žalgiris Kaunas
Position Shooting guard
League Lithuanian League
Personal information
Born (1989-03-25) March 25, 1989
El Dorado, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Junction City
(Junction City, Arkansas)
College Oklahoma State (2007–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 San Antonio Spurs
2011 Austin Toros (D-League)
2012 San Antonio Spurs
2013 Houston Rockets
2013–2014 Philadelphia 76ers
2014–present Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

James Lee Anderson (born March 25, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian League. He played college basketball at Oklahoma State University. In 2010, Anderson was named Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and a first team All-American. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 20th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

High school career

Anderson attended Junction City High School in Junction City, Arkansas. As a senior in 2006–07, Anderson led the Dragons to the Arkansas Class 2A state championship, scoring 43 points in the title game. Anderson was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Arkansas and named to the McDonald's and Parade All-American teams.[1]

College career

Anderson chose Oklahoma State University and made an immediate impact, scoring 29 points in his first collegiate game, a 104–48 win over Prairie View.[2] Anderson would continue his strong play, averaging 13.3 points per game. He was named honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Rookie team.

James Anderson continued to progress as a sophomore, raising his scoring average to 18.2 points per game and surpassed the 1,000 career point milestone in just his second year. He was named Academic All-Big 12 and a second team All-Conference pick.

Following his sophomore season, Anderson was selected to represent the United States in the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Team USA won the Bronze medal under coach Bo Ryan.[3]

Anderson's junior year saw him become the top performer in the Big 12 Conference. Anderson paced the conference in scoring, averaging over 24 points per game in conference play. He led the Cowboys to a 9–7 league record. At the conclusion of the Big 12 regular season, James Anderson was named Big 12 Player of the Year.[4] The Sporting News also named Anderson a first team All-American.[5]

Professional career

Anderson drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2010 NBA Draft with the 20th overall pick.

Anderson appeared in six games early in the season, before being sidelined with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. On January 26, 2011, he was assigned to the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League,[6] in order to get back into playing form.[7] Anderson played two games for the Toros, before being recalled by the Spurs three days later.[8] However, on February 7, he was assigned to the Toros once again,[9] where he appeared in five more games, before being recalled by the Spurs on February 23.[10] The Spurs did not exercise his player option during the summer, and he became a free agent.

In September 2012, Anderson signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[11] He was waived by the Hawks on October 27, 2012.[12] Afterwards, Anderson was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA D-League,[13] then traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.[14]

On November 21, 2012, Anderson signed with the Spurs for a second stint, hoping to fill the void on the small forward position with both Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson out with injuries.[15] He selected the #11 jersey since Nando De Colo was wearing his previous number, #25.[16]

On December 20, 2012, he was waived by the Spurs.[17] He was reacquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on December 25, 2012.[18]

On January 2, 2013, Anderson was signed by the Houston Rockets.[19][20][21] On July 15, 2013, he was waived by the Rockets.[22]

On July 16, 2013, he was claimed off of waivers by the Philadelphia 76ers.[23] On November 13, 2013, he scored a career high 36 points in a 123-117 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. He hit a clutch three pointer with 6.6 seconds left on the clock to send the game into overtime. On June 30, 2014, Anderson was waived by the 76ers.[24]

On August 5, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Žalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania.[25]

Career statistics


Regular season

2010–11 San Antonio 26 2 11.0 .383 .391 .778 .9 .7 .1 .2 3.6
2011–12 San Antonio 51 2 11.8 .379 .279 .750 1.5 .8 .2 .0 3.7
2012–13 San Antonio 10 0 9.4 .440 .455 .778 1.4 .9 .3 .2 3.4
2012–13 Houston 29 2 10.6 .406 .327 .895 2.0 1.1 .4 .1 4.0
2013–14 Philadelphia 80 62 28.9 .431 .328 .726 3.8 1.9 .9 .4 10.1
Career 196 68 18.4 .417 .330 .755 2.4 1.3 .5 .2 6.3


2012 San Antonio 8 0 3.9 .444 .500 .500 .6 .4 .1 .0 1.4
2013 Houston 2 0 9.0 .200 .000 .000 2.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0
Career 10 0 4.9 .357 .286 .500 .9 .3 .1 .0 1.3

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Oklahoma St. 104, Prairie View 48
  3. ^ USA Men’s WUG Team Closes Out Competition Strong With 91–80 Victory Over Israel For The Bronze Medal
  4. ^ 2010 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards Announced
  5. ^ Sporting News' College Basketball All-America Team
  6. ^ "Spurs assign James Anderson to Toros". ( 
  7. ^ Tim Griffin (January 16, 2011). "Anderson likely headed for D-League for rehab by end of week". Spurs Nation ( 
  8. ^ "Spurs recall James Anderson from Austin Toros". ( 
  9. ^ "Spurs assign James Anderson to Austin Toros". ( 
  10. ^ "James Anderson recalled from the Austin Toros". ( 
  11. ^ Hawks add James Anderson, Keith Benson, Damion James, Carldell Johnson, Anthony Tolliver to training camp
  12. ^ Atlanta Hawks waive James Anderson and Damion James
  13. ^ Full List of 2012 Returning, Affiliate and Local Tryout Players Invited to NBA D-League Training Camps
  14. ^ Vipers acquire Anderson from Bakersfield
  15. ^ Spurs sign Anderson
  16. ^ Anderson shocked to be back in silver and black
  17. ^ Spurs Waive James Anderson
  18. ^ 2012-13 Transactions
  19. ^ Houston Rockets sign James Anderson, release Daequan Cook
  20. ^ James Anderson Signs With Houston Rockets, Receives His Second Call-Up Of Season
  21. ^ Anderson Signs with Rockets
  22. ^ Houston Rockets waive James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht, and announce signings
  23. ^ Philadelphia 76ers claim James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers
  24. ^ Sixers Waive Guard James Anderson
  25. ^ Zalgiris adds swingman Anderson

External links

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  • Oklahoma State Cowboys Bio at
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