San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson facing make-or-break season

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: Kyle Anderson
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 22: Kyle Anderson /

On the dawn of the 2017 NBA season, San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson has a lot to prove. With a new-look roster and a looming contract extension, ‘Slo Mo’ is set for his most important season yet.

In his three years with the San Antonio Spurs, Kyle Anderson’s main goal has always been one thing: get the job done. Whether it be rebounding, scoring, passing or defending, Anderson is always looking to make an impact.

While his 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game may not show it, Anderson has been an important part of the Spurs’ bench rotation. Since the team parted ways with Boris Diaw in the summer of 2016, Anderson has taken over as the Spurs’ jack-of-all-trades forward off of the pine.

Now, with Rudy Gay presumably absorbing minutes as the Spurs’ backup forward, Anderson will have to prove himself.

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With a firm rotation of forwards set for San Antonio, Anderson’s flexibility will be tested. Because of his size and versatility, it wouldn’t be outlandish for Anderson to spend some time at guard this season. His court vision and defensive IQ will allow him to matchup against many guards.

Interestingly, Anderson’s 3-point and free throw percentages have increased with each season that he’s been in the league. He also started a career-high 14 games in the 2016-17 season.

In the system of head coach Gregg Popovich, anything is possible. The forward positions are the most congested for the Spurs this season, which will conflict with Anderson’s playing time. With that being said, there’s no telling what’s in store for the 24-year old.

Anderson’s work ethic is something to look out for. Despite falling behind on the depth chart, he has the opportunity to improve even more this season.

One nugget from #Spurs media day: Kyle Anderson is more motivated & focused than ever. Working out with Anthony Davis & Westbrook helped

— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) September 25, 2017

‘Slow Mo’ recorded a career-high 20 points in a 129-115 loss to Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Ending the season on a personal high-note may impact his performance going forward.

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Anderson proved that he can be a viable scoring option under pressure, which will surely be noted by Popovich and his staff.