By Ian Parfrey @Ianparfrey
The Nets signed 30-year old small forward Alan Anderson to a 2-year contract today. Anderson spent the last two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, averaging a career-high 10.7 points in 65 games last year.
The deal is for the veteran’s minimum, with a player option for the second year.
The most interesting thing about Anderson is probably the path he’s taken to Brooklyn. Anderson went undrafted in 2005 (out of Michigan State), but made the Charlotte Bobcats in training camp, and played 53 games over the next two years for them.
Anderson then spent the next four years playing in Europe, Israel, and the D-League. The Raptors signed him to a 10-day contract in March 2012, which led to a permanent spot on the team.
This is not a signing that’s going to move the needle much. Anderson will likely be a third-string option at the 2-guard and small forward positions. He shot a miserable .383/.333 last season, though he can expect to get more open looks on the Nets than he did on the Raptors.
Anderson is a good finisher– he made 67% of his attempts at the rim over the past two seasons, and is also an excellent free throw shooter (84.5% career). Unfortunately, he’s a slasher who thinks he’s a shooter. He shoots 32% from beyond 16 feet (again, over the past two seasons).
At least he represents an upgrade over Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse, due to his ability to score inside.
Anderson can light up a scoreboard when he’s on. He had eight 20-point games off the Raptors’ bench, including a season-high 35 against the Knicks on March 22. On the other hand, he scored 9 points on 3-of-15 shooting in 3 games against the Nets last year.
Ordinarily, this would be a good low-risk signing, but due to the Nets’ historic luxury-tax penalty for the coming season, Anderson’s minimum contract will come with an additional $4 million in tax payments. If you don’t care how much money Mikhail Prokhorov spends on this team (and why should you? He clearly doesn’t), it’s still a good, low-risk move.