Anderson suffered through injury last season. He missed time with a right ankle sprain, shin splits in his left leg and finally underwent surgery for tibial stress syndrome in this left leg. He appeared in just 38 games and averaged 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds.
In his career, he shot 42 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range.
Anderson, 6-foot-6, is the epitome of the long, athletic, defensive-minded wing that is coveted in the NBA and part of a collection being assembled by the Hawks.
“First, energetic passion,” Anderson said when asked to describe his game. “Playing hard. Winning is the ultimate objective. Outside of that, being able to guard the best players night in and night out. No matter how tough the matchup might be, putting everything out there on the line. Being able to apply pressure. On the offensive end, being able to run the floor. Be an athlete. And shooting 3’s. Put myself in a position to space the floor and let young guards like Trae Young, watch him create and put me in position to score.”
Anderson, 24, may suddenly find himself in a leadership role with the Hawks simply for his familiarity with the soon-to-be implemented system of Pierce. About to enter is fourth NBA season, Anderson has learned valuable lessons about the business side of the league. The biggest, control what you can control.
“It was a great call once I realized the situation I was going to and I realized this was a great opportunity for me,” Anderson said.