With news of Manu Ginobili returning to the San Antonio Spurs for his 15th season, Kyle Anderson was one of many excited about the news of his return.
Coming off of his second year in the NBA, Anderson had stints with the Austin Spurs (San Antonio’s Development Affiliate) and San Antonio. Anderson in the 2015-16 season saw more time in games as he appeared in 78 (started 11) apposed to 33 in his rookie season. Anderson better known as “Slo Mo” heard the news of Ginobili’s return to the team and couldn’t be more excited as he told Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.
“It’s always good to be around a guy like Manu,” said Anderson. “I love him as a teammate. I love watching him, so I’m excited about that. Just another year to learn from him.”
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Anderson, who is just 22 years old, has the luxury of being around players, Hall of Famers if you will, that others don’t have. He can soak up everything and anything that Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, and even Gregg Popovich. He has himself a wealth of experience and knowledge right in front of him. How many young players in the NBA can say they had the opportunity of learning from the best? Not to many.
During the season, Anderson hopes to pick the brain of Ginobili to improve on his game. Ginobili has a knack for getting open when the ball is not in his hands. As he tells Young, the part of his game he hopes to implement is cutting without the ball and reading screens when they are set to spot up for an open shot.
“I have a long way to go to get that good,” said Anderson of playing without the ball, “but that’s something I want to get in my game later down the line”.
Anderson is having a busy summer as he has helped the Spurs summer league team to a 2-0 record thus far as they are competing in the Utah Summer League this week. In the teams opening win against the host team Jazz, Anderson finished with a team-high 25 points.
Though with Ginobili returning to the team, how much playing time with Anderson log during the season? Being on the floor will help Anderson become a better player and possibly a step closer of becoming the Spurs Ginobili of the future.