After splitting time between the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets over the past two seasons, James Anderson understood the Philadlephia 76ers’ claim of him in the offseason represented perhaps his best chance to find a role within an organization, especially a franchise with one of his former executives.
Nearly two months into the season, Anderson has fortified a two-guard spot, averaging 9.9 points highlighted by his 36-point game against the Houston Rockets on Nov. 13. The 24-year-old is confident he’s finding his place to stay among the 76ers’ young core.
“I’m definitely trying to establish myself playing with this young team that we have,” Anderson told RealGM. “I’m just continuing to grind and make a name for myself. Being that it’s my first real opportunity since my rookie year, I want to take advantage of it and keep pushing.”
Sam Hinkie had been with Anderson in Houston, and Brett Brown served as the guard’s assistant coach with the Spurs. Now, Anderson credits their presence for him landing with the 76ers and receiving playing time to prove himself.
“I knew both of them and they both knew my game,” Anderson said. “That definitely played a big part in me signing here. They both gave me the opportunity to establish myself in the NBA.”