Kyle Anderson, F - Memphis Grizzlies
Since getting an expanded role in Memphis, Kyle Anderson has been a do-all role player who can hit shots, facilitate like a guard, rebound, play solid defense, and even run the fast break. Memphis leads the league in fast-break points this season. While Ja Morant is responsible for a lot of this, he’s 8th on his team in transition points per game, which lines up with the minutes he plays per game. Not bad for “Slow-Mo!”
Part of the reason I’ve included Anderson on this list is because of 2015 nostalgia, I’ll admit that. However, his shooting is the best it’s been in recent years, and he’s still a productive defender. If/when Thaddeus Young moves on from San Antonio, it would be great to bring in someone to fill that missing role, especially someone familiar with the system.
Anderson would definitely come off the bench behind Vassell and Johnson, both of whom should be starters. Having a veteran rotation of McDermott and Anderson leading the bench, ideally with Primo as well, and suddenly there are three shooting threats.
Add in a center like Zack Collins who can defend and a point guard in Tre Jones to make sure everyone gets touches, and the Spurs suddenly have a very, very good bench. The average age of this second unit is still only 25, meaning the Spurs wouldn’t really have to sacrifice age to have a productive and dangerous second unit when the stars (and there will be plenty of stars on the team next year) need a breather.
Hopefully, the San Antonio Spurs bring in a very good free agent with the money they have to spend in the upcoming offseason, but that won’t be the only name joining the roster. The Spurs still need guys to round out a good team and play a defined role, and there are players with all degrees of experience who can help elevate the team in both the long and short term future.