Kyle Anderson continued to show off in the least flashiest way possible, as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Atlanta Hawks.
Kyle Anderson was an afterthought in his first three seasons on the San Antonio Spurs. He stuck behind Kawhi Leonard, who developed into a superstar, and couldn’t receive the opportunity to stretch his wings. That’s changed through the first 17 games of the 2017-18 season, with Leonard’s quad injury that’s kept him out and the absence of a return timetable.
Monday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks was possibly Anderson’s best performance in this 17-game stint, as he made a name for himself through slow and smooth play — never jumping off the court for his athleticism or scoring acumen. That resulted in a cool 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting, while hitting just his third 3-pointer of the season. This was his only shot that didn’t come in the paint.
“Slo Mo’s” impact went beyond putting the ball into the basket. He grabbed 6 rebounds, making it the 10th time that’s happened in his fourth season. The brightest spot was the 10 assists — easily a career-high, that made for his third double-double of the year.
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Anderson’s performance marked one of the best nights as a Spur. It allowed him to flash his do-a-little-bit-of-everything style, at the slowest pace possible, in the most important stretch of his career — one that will continue until Leonard gets back, whenever it may be.
All of this has come in a contract year for the UCLA product. He’ll be a restricted free agent in the summer, as long as the Spurs present a qualifying offer. However, by proving this ability to start, it’s increasing his dollar value and could be an opening for another organization to provide a starting opportunity. Although this is seven months down the road, so there’s plenty that can happen between Nov. 20 and July 1, 2018.
Were you impressed with Anderson’s performance against Atlanta? How about through the first 17 games of the season?