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Should the Spurs Pursue a Reunion with Kyle Anderson?

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Does Anderson's skill set fit well with the current Spurs?

Dubbed as Slo-Mo, Kyle Anderson is known league-wide for his ceaseless penchant to be as deliberate as possible, even in up-tempo situations. While his streamlined pace looks awkward in the speed of the game, his slow tendencies pair up quite nicely with his cerebral game predicated on making the right reads and being in the right position, both offensively and defensively.

While Anderson's role this season has been reduced compared to the previous campaign where he was a full-time starter for the young Grizz, he remains a pivotal part of Taylor Jenkins' rotation as a versatile utility player. His 3-point shooting is down after a career season from rainbow country, but the prominent features of his game remain, opening a window for a possibly great fit with the current Spurs' youth movement.

Offensively, Anderson is a rather weak perimeter scorer, but he is far from a liability even in idle situations. He is a fast decision-maker with an affinity for lightning-quick swing passes. In closeouts, he uses his length and savvy footwork to cope with his lack of lateral speed and outsmart defenders, asserting himself in the post in mismatches or sneaking in inside passes to looming cutters or stationary big men.

Anderson's skills, in this respect, make him a good fit in San Antonio. While the Spurs now play a far different style from their play-call heavy, half-court-mobilized offense in his first tenure with the Silver and Black, the team's new dribble-drive and ball-movement predicated attack still bodes well as a canvass for his point forward skills.

Having him as a secondary or tertiary facilitator should make the Spurs a more viable bunch in the halfcourt, giving them another conduit to run the offense through aside from Dejounte Murray, even if only in spurts.

He will also automatically be San Antonio's best inbound passer, a major and perplexing weakness for the young squad. He understands passing angles better than anyone on the current roster, save for Murray.

Still, where San Antonio might value Anderson most is on the other end of the floor.

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