Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Grizzlies thought highly enough of Anderson’s talents to tender him a four-year, $37 million offer sheet that the Spurs somewhat surprisingly chose not to match. The 24-year-old swingman continued to fill out the stat sheet last season, his fourth in San Antonio. Anderson totaled career highs across the board – 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals on a career-best 52.7 percent shooting – averaging 26.7 minutes while Kawhi Leonard missed all but nine games with his quadriceps issues. A jack-of-all-trades with an above-average defensive skill set, Anderson seemingly fits right into Memphis’ slow-paced, half-court philosophy, one that somewhat resembles that of the Spurs team he leaves behind when running on all cylinders. Despite the presumed starting job, Anderson could ultimately see only a slight bump in playing time over last season, considering the likes of second-year man Dillon Brooks and veterans Chandler Parsons and Omri Casspi are also available to help man the three. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $37.16 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2018.
Should be ready for 2019-20 season
FMemphis Grizzlies
Shoulder
April 18, 2019
Anderson underwent surgery Thursday to address his sore right shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery by the start of training camp.
ANALYSIS
Anderson was sidelined for 37 of the team's final 39 games with the lingering injury, but the procedure should resolved the issue heading into 2019-20. The small forward will likely spend the summer rehabbing before being back to 100 percent by the time preseason play gets underway.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Anderson's third year with the Spurs didn't come with much improvement statistically. In fact, he saw his minutes per game drop from 16.0 to 14.2, while adding averages of 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 72 games. His 37.5 percent clip from the three-point line was a new career high, but the fact that his playing time dropped is still the main concern for his value. The good news for Anderson is the Spurs were unable to sign Jonathon Simmons to a contract extension, which should open up some extra minutes in the regular rotation. It wouldn't be surprising if Anderson was able to boost his numbers across the board in what should be the final year of his rookie deal, but it still likely won't be enough to keep him relevant in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
With his height (6-8) and ability to handle the ball like a point guard, Anderson projects as a versatile piece on a Spurs team that values perimeter and post mismatches. During his rookie season in 2014-15, he averaged 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 11 minutes per contest through 33 games. While the Spurs are one of the deepest teams in the league right now, and earning significant playing time would be no easy task, Anderson has shown a lot of promise. In D-League last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 39 minutes per contest through 31 games. Anderson built on that showing by earning NBA Summer League MVP honors in Las Vegas this offseason. No matter his accolades thus far, it seems unlikely that Anderson will supplant players like Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili for a primary backup role this season. However, with coach Gregg Popovich's strategy of resting his veteran players and keeping the starting five's minutes totals low, it is possible that Anderson could see increased minutes this season.
Kyle Anderson was the Spurs' first selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, at 30th overall. He played two seasons at UCLA, averaging 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.8 three-pointers in 33 minutes per game through 36 games in his sophomore season. Anderson shot 48 percent from the field on 10.5 attempts per game and 74 percent from the line on 5.2 attempts. He brings a unique skill set to the NBA after playing point guard in college at 6-foot-9. Anderson projects to play as a forward in the NBA, in more of a distributor, point-forward sort of role. At the Las Vegas Summer League, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 0.7 three-pointers in 24 minutes per game through six games. He shot 41 percent from the field on 7.0 attempts per game and 77 percent from the line on 2.2 attempts per game. The major negative scouts saw in Anderson in the pre-draft process was his lack of athleticism, but landing in San Antonio is a great fit, given their ball-movement offense. This season, Anderson will be buried on the depth chart behind Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and won't be a consistent fantasy factor, but he has tantalizing skills for dynasty leagues.
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Headed for surgery
FMemphis Grizzlies
Shoulder
April 10, 2019
Anderson will undergo thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his right shoulder next week, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
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Likely done for season
FMemphis Grizzlies
Shoulder
March 29, 2019
Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Friday that the team is working under the assumption that Anderson (shoulder) will not play again this season, Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic reports.
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Remains sidelined Wednesday
FMemphis Grizzlies
Shoulder
March 27, 2019
Anderson (shoulder) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.
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To be evaluated in two weeks
FMemphis Grizzlies
Shoulder
March 5, 2019
Anderson (shoulder) is slated for an anesthetic injection in his right shoulder to help with the soreness he's been experiencing. He'll be re-evaluated in two weeks.
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Remains out Tuesday
FMemphis Grizzlies
Shoulder
March 4, 2019
Anderson (shoulder) will remain out for Tuesday's game against the Blazers.
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