Justin Anderson
Justin Anderson
27-Year-Old ForwardF
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Justin Anderson in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year, $4.01 million contract with the 76ers in November of 2020. Waived by the 76ers in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Justin Lamar Anderson was born in Montross, Virginia on November 19, 1993. The son of Kim and Edward Anderson II, Justin has an older sister (Eurisha) and an older brother (Edward III), the latter of whom played collegiately at the University of Mary Washington. Anderson played high school basketball at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland, where he posted 17.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior en route to the Gatorade Maryland Boys Basketball Player of the Year award. Considered a consensus four-star recruit, Anderson played college basketball at the University of Virginia. Off the court, Anderson is a member of the "Starting Five", a group that focuses on raising money through "Hoops2O" to fund wells for families in East Africa. Find Justin on Twitter and Instagram @JusAnderson1.

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The Montross, Virginia native led the Cavaliers to the 2015 NCAA tournament as the second seed and dropped 15 points in the NCAA tournament opening win over Belmont. As a junior, finished second on the team in three-point shooting percentage (.452) and second in free throw percentage (.780). He also was a finalist for the Naismith Julius Erving Award in 2015 as the country's best small forward. The combo player ranked second on the team in scoring behind Malcolm Brogdon during the 2014-15 season with 12.2 points per game. In addition, he was third on Virginia in assists (1.7), fourth in rebounds (4.0) and fourth in blocks (0.5). Anderson announced in April 2015 he would enter that summer's Draft and was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 21st overall pick.

Cut by Sixers
FFree Agent
December 19, 2020
Anderson was waived by the 76ers on Saturday, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.
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Anderson spent training camp with Philadelphia and averaged 7.2 minutes per game during the team's two preseason matchups. He won't keep his roster spot heading into the regular season, but he could secure a role in the G League.
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2019

In early January, Anderson was signed to a 10-day contract with the Nets. The fifth-year wing appeared in three games over that span, averaging 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.3 blocks across 5.6 minutes. Though he was not given a second 10-day deal, Brooklyn did call upon him later. The Nets ended up short-handed during the restart of the season in Orlando following the COVID-19 hiatus, and in mid-July, Anderson signed a substitution contract with the team. The Virginia product saw a bigger role with the team during bubble play, averaging 3.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 12.9 minutes per contest, which included one start. Facing the Raptors in the postseason, Anderson appeared in three of a possible four games, averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 9.4 minutes. Anderson's best performance of the campaign was Aug. 4 in a three-point win over Milwaukee. In that contest, he recorded 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block in 16 minutes. Ultimately, most of Anderson's 2019-20 campaign was spent in the G League, where he appeared in 31 combined games for the Long Island Nets and Raptors 905. In the G League, he averaged 20.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steal. Those numbers led to him being named to the All-NBA G League Third Team.

2018

During the 2018-2019 season, Anderson played in 48 games for the Atlanta Hawks. He made four starts, all near the end of the campaign. Over the last seven games of the season, he averaged 9.6 points. Overall, Anderson averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He shot 40.8 percent from the field and 74.3 percent from the free-throw line. The former Virginia Cavalier also shot 31.2 percent from three-point range, which was the second-highest mark of his career. Anderson's season high in points came when he scored 24 points as part of a 136-135 Hawks win over Milwaukee on March 31. In the same game, he pulled down 12 rebounds to set a new career high. Anderson finished the year with 178 total points. He also grabbed 84 rebounds in 463 minutes.

2017

Anderson spent the 2017-18 season as a reserve for the Sixers, coming off the bench in all 38 of his appearances. He averaged 6.2 points per game while continuing to improve his shooting efficiency, as his field-goal percentage ticked up to 43.1 and he shot a career-best 33.0 percent from three-point range. The Virginia product tied his career high in rebounds early on, pulling down 10 in just 16:40 off the bench Nov. 9 against Sacramento. Anderson cleared double-digit points eight times, and he continued his tradition of blowing up during the last game of the regular season with a 25-point effort Apr. 11 against Milwaukee. It was the second-highest-scoring effort of his career, and he also added six rebounds, a steal and a block in that contest. Anderson made appearances in seven of 10 games during the Sixers' two-round postseason run. In Game 3 of the first round against Miami, he scored six points and pulled down four rebounds in just 9:18 on the court.

2016

Anderson's game improved across the board in his second NBA season, as he improved upon his rookie stats in a whole host of categories. He played in 75 games (10 starts) split between the Mavericks and the Sixers in 2016-17, averaging 7.1 points with 3.3 rebounds and 0.5 steals per game. Anderson's shooting percentage rose to 42.4 percent -- almost a two-point improvement -- and his three-point shooting ticked up as well (to 29.9 from 26.5 percent). Anderson cleared double-digit points on 21 occasions. With the Mavs, his season high in scoring was 19 points, set Jan. 22 against the Lakers. He was traded to Philadelphia on Feb. 23 along with Andrew Bogut and a first-round pick for Nelens Noel. Anderson reached the 19-point mark twice in his first six games with the Sixers. He went on to set a new career high with 26 points against the Knicks on Apr. 12, the last game of the season. In that contest, Anderson shot 9-of-11 from the field while rounding out his line with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block.

2015

Picked 21st overall by the Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft, Anderson went on to appear in 55 games (nine starts) during his rookie campaign. The Virginia product averaged 3.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks across 11.8 minutes per game. Anderson also appeared in seven contests for the D League's Texas Legends, where he averaged 23.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Back at the NBA level, Anderson scored in double figures for the first time in his career Nov. 10, netting 11 points with two rebounds and an assist off the bench against New Orleans. He went on to score in double figures seven times over the course of the season. From Mar. 25 to 28, Anderson scored 10-plus points in three consecutive games as his playing time ramped up. On Apr. 3 against Minnesota, Anderson narrowly missed a double-double, netting nine points and 10 rebounds. Just five days later, Apr. 8 against the Grizzlies, Anderson successfully collected his first NBA double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a steal. He went on to appear in all five playoff games for the Mavs. Anderson contributed double-digit scoring off the bench in Games 3 and 4, then drew the start in Game 5, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, three steals and a block against the Thunder.

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Anderson has struggled to become more than just a deep reserve since being selected late in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. In his first full year in Philadelphia, it was shin splints that derailed his season, costing Anderson 23 games from mid-November through early January. However, Anderson wasn't much of a contributor in the 38 contests he ended up taking part in, averaging just 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds across 13.7 minutes. The former Virginia swingman now heads to his third team in just his fourth NBA season after being dealt to Atlanta this summer. He'll be joining a team that finished with one of the worst records in the NBA in 2017-18, but that doesn't mean the path to playing time will be much easier. The Hawks bring back Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince, and also drafted Kevin Huerter, so wing minutes are going to be hard to come by. Anderson does have the ability to operate as a small-ball power forward, showing of his positional versatility. But again, there's other young pieces that appear to have more upside than Anderson at the position, so he's likely set for only spot minutes off the bench.
Anderson, a late first-round pick by the Mavericks in 2015, was traded to the 76ers as part of the Nerlens Noel deal at the 2017 trade deadline. He began 2016-17 as a significant figure in the Mavericks’ rotation, averaging more than 19.0 minutes a game through October and November. However, he gradually lost playing time, averaging barely seven minutes in the final month and a half before the trade that brought him to Philadelphia. The former University of Virginia swingman has good size and strength and is very athletic, though his abilities don’t necessarily translate to Fantasy value without major minutes. In late 2016-17, when the Anderson saw 28.7 minutes over the final six games following a rash of injuries throughout the 76ers depth chart, he averaged 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 threes, and 1.2 steals. In 2017-18, the 76ers are too talented for Anderson to have much chance at cracking the regular rotation without another team-wide injury plague – he figures to backup 2016 first overall pick Ben Simmons and third-runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year Robert Covington at small forward.
As a rookie, Anderson appeared in 55 games, overcoming a slow start and working his way into the rotation by season's end. The former Virginia swingman saw fewer than nine minutes per game before the All-Star break, but his minutes nearly doubled after the break, as he averaged 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds over Dallas' final 22 games. In the postseason, Anderson remained a key contributor, averaging 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 45.9 percent from the field in the Mavs' opening-round series loss to the Thunder. Anderson, perhaps the Mavericks' best pure athlete, projects to open as the sixth or seventh man in 2016-17, serving as the main backup to offseason addition Harrison Barnes. Anderson will also see time at shooting guard behind Wesley Matthews, and he can even slide over to power forward in certain small-ball lineups. Even with that versatility, though, Anderson is unlikely to provide enough counting stat production to warrant a draft selection in most fantasy formats.
The Mavericks selected Anderson with the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, enamored with his athleticism and ability to defend. He averaged 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 28 minutes per game in his junior season at Virginia and displayed long-range ability, connecting on 45 percent from three-point range while converting 47 percent of his shots from the field. Anderson proved those number could carry over onto the next level during Summer League, shooting 43 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc in six starts for Dallas. The rookie finished the summer league averaging 17.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He's got the versatility and talent to join a veteran-filled Mavericks rotation, but Anderson will have to earn every minute. Injury concerns to Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons could provide him an early opportunity to impress coach Rick Carlisle.
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Joins Sixers
FPhiladelphia 76ers
November 27, 2020
Anderson has agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract with the 76ers, Paul Hudrick of ESPN Radio reports.
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Goes 0-of-12 from three
FBrooklyn Nets
August 11, 2020
Anderson had a horrific shooting day Tuesday against the Magic, hitting just 1-of-15 field goals in 31 minutes.
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In starting five
FBrooklyn Nets
August 11, 2020
Anderson is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Magic, Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily reports.
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Won't play in Wednesday's scrimmage
FBrooklyn Nets
Coach's Decision
July 21, 2020
Anderson will not participate in Wednesday's scrimmage against the Pelicans, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Back with Brooklyn
FBrooklyn Nets
June 28, 2020
Anderson signed a contract with the Nets on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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