Spurs waive James Anderson

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The San Antonio Spurs have played more games this season without small forwards Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson than with them. James Anderson benefitted from the situation the Spurs found themselves in, getting called up from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League far earlier than most D-League callups occur.

With the Spurs, Anderson played 10 games and averaged 3.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in about nine minutes per game. But that’s over now as Jackson is back in action for San Antonio and Leonard is poised for a return. On Thursday the Spurs announced that they waived Anderson. Anderson is an unfortunate victim of the numbers game in San Antonio, as the Spurs simply don’t like to carry a full roster early in the season, preferring the small savings of not employing a 15th man on the roster.

More than anything he did in the preseason or at the Las Vegas Summer League, though, Anderson showed he could be a player in the NBA. Maybe he’s not at the level a former first round pick should be, Anderson played with a confidence and aggressiveness during his callup that was missing in the later stages of his previous Spurs tenure. It may take some time, but I think Anderson could see himself in another NBA uniform eventually. His last month with the Spurs did nothing to hurt his prospects in the league.