Alan Anderson

We’re going to handle preseason player profiles differently this year on RaptorBlog. For each player on the 2012-13 Raptors’ active roster, Joseph Casciaro and I are going to email our thoughts back and forth and then post the resulting conversation on the blog. It’s an edgy new form of journalism! Or something…

Alan Anderson, SF, 6’6″, 220 lbs.
2011-12 stats: 17 games, 27.1 MPG, 9.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.2 BPG, 0.3 SPG, 38.7 FG%, 39.3 3P%, 85.3 FT%, 8.7 PER

Scott: It’s hard for me to read too much into Alan Anderson’s performance with the Raptors, considering that their season was a write-off by the time he made his debut in late March. In his 461 minutes of playing time, he neither stood out as a guy I wanted to bring back for this season, nor did he embarrass himself and look like someone who didn’t belong in the league. He seems as reasonable a choice as any for a fifth wing man, and the Raptors apparently agree because they rewarded him with a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum for 2012-13.

What was your reaction when you learned that Anderson was coming back? Yay? Nay? Meh?

Joseph: My continued reaction to the fact that Anderson is back on the roster is the very definition of the word “meh” — total indifference.

If the Raptors were going to retain any of their 10-day guys from last year, I would have hoped for Ben “Triple-Double” Uzoh, but John Lucas III threw a wrench into those plans.

Anderson’s a decent three-point shooter and did average nearly 10 points per game in his time with the Raps, but he also came off as a bit of a chucker at times, averaging about 15 field goal attempts per game over the last four contests of the season, shooting a paltry 30.5 per cent from the field over that mini stretch.

At the end of the day, he was probably just trying to pad his stats to get himself a job, which obviously worked out for him. Realistically, he’s the 12th man on this roster at best, but is more likely the 14th man….

Unless the Raptors roster expands to 15.

Scott: He’s obviously not going to see a lot of floor time except for when one of the wing players ahead of him are injured, but Anderson does do a couple of things well: he’s a very good three-point shooter and he seems to be a decent defender — the Raptors gave up five fewer points per 100 possessions when he was on the floor compared to when he was on the bench. If you expect him to do anything besides play solid D and hit open threes, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

Regardless of what kind of role he plays on the team this season, it’s a heartwarming, feel-good story that he’s found a place in the NBA again after bouncing around Europe, Israel and the D-League for the past five years. This is one guy who I’m sure is thrilled to be a Toronto Raptor this season, so that makes one of them.

Joseph: Agreed. Regardless of the limited role Anderson will surely play with the Raptors this season, I say good for him for landing a full-time NBA job.

Why do I have a feeling we might be a bit more passionate in our discussion of the next player up in our previews?

Scott: Starting this series with Quincy Acy and Alan Anderson hasn’t exactly imbued me with a cornucopia of confidence about this team. Luckily, we’re about to move on to the “Primo” part of this roster. (GrainWise!)