Kyle Anderson could make his season debut tonight with five of San Antonio’s players deemed inactive for tonight’s game in Houston versus the Rockets.
With five players inactive, the Spurs roster of 15 is basically down to 10 men. This could provide a great opportunity for Kyle Anderson to get into the mix and showcase his skills in his first regular season game.
Anderson played in six of the San Antonio Spurs’ seven preseason games, averaging 24.3 minutes per game.
During that six game stretch, Kyle Anderson averaged 9.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 50% shooting from the field and 45.5% shooting from three.
Although anything close to those numbers in tonight’s game in Houston would be great news for Spurs fans, it is not very likely.
San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich played Kyle Anderson for those extended minutes during the preseason to see if there was anything surprising that the forward had to showcase.
In simpler terms, the rotation for the team was basically set and unless Anderson showed above expected skill during the preseason, he would stay towards the bottom of the rotation.
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Kyle Anderson’s skill set is similar to Boris Diaw which means if we do see him in the game tonight, expect a decent all-around performance. He will help facilitate ball movement, grab a few rebounds, and maybe even get his name in the scorer’s sheet.
All in all, expect Anderson’s impact on the game to be minimal. He is already at the bottom end of the rotation which means even with the absences for tonight’s game, the former UCLA star will not play many minutes.
Although Anderson may not play many minutes, tonight’s game will serve as a good baseline as to what we can expect from him throughout the season. Definitely look at how the 6-foot-9 forward handles himself in his first significant NBA game.
What are you expecting from Kyle Anderson tonight? Let us know in the comments!