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James Anderson | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/25/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 215
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (20) / SA

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James Anderson started the second half ahead of Marco Belinelli on Wednesday, but he finished scoreless with one rebound and one steal in just five minutes of action.
The veteran didn't play in the first half but George Karl opted for a more defense-oriented lineup, before rolling with Darren Collison at SG down the stretch. Anderson has made less than 1/3 of his field goal attempts this season, while shooting 27.8 percent from downtown, and he's not a fantasy option at any depth. Feb 10 - 11:47 PM

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James Anderson started Sunday's game in place of Rudy Gay (ankle), but finished with only two points, two rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes.

George Karl may have started Anderson ahead of Omri Casspi to give the second unit more offensive punch. Regardless, Anderson's dud wasn't the least bit surprising -- his lone double-digit scoring game came back on Nov. 4, and he's not an option in any fantasy format.
Feb 7 - 4:39 PM

James Anderson will start on Sunday vs. the Celtics.

Omri Casspi was expected to start in place of Rudy Gay (ankle), so this is an odd move to say the least. Coach George Karl is on the hot seat, so this move could backfire if the Kings can't get a result. Anderson is not an option in fantasy leagues.
Feb 7 - 1:09 PM

James Anderson (strained hamstring) did not play vs. New Orleans on Wednesday.

He was considered 'probable' and his inactivity was likely the result of a coach's decision. He's not a relevant fantasy player and we're taking him off the injury report.
Jan 14 - 1:52 AM

James Anderson (left hamstring strain) is probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

He is averaging just 10.1 minutes per game this season, so he is not on the fantasy radar. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 12 - 8:01 PM

James Anderson (left hamstring strain) will not play against the Warriors on Saturday.

He did play 13 minutes Thursday due to the injury to Omri Casspi (back), so he may have hurt himself there. Anderson won't be in the rotation once the Kings get healthy again.
Jan 9 - 3:13 PM

James Anderson will come off the bench vs. the Raptors on Sunday.

Ben McLemore had his best game of the season on Friday vs. the Nets and Anderson is only averaging 12.4 minutes per game over his last five. Anderson is not on the fantasy radar and this demotion certainly doesn't help.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 07:44:00 PM

James Anderson started at shooting guard against the Spurs on Monday, but he was benched in favor of Ben McLemore at halftime and played just seven minutes.

Anderson didn't record any stats, but he shouldn't have been owned in fantasy leagues anyways and it wouldn't be surprising if his days in the first unit are over.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 01:08:00 AM

James Anderson will start in place of Darren Collison (hamstring) for Saturday's game against the Warriors.

Coach George Karl is a fan of Anderson's defense, so it makes some sense to start him out against Klay Thompson. Anderson has been struggling on offense lately and will return to the bench when the Kings are at full strength, so there is no need to give him a look in most leagues.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 09:49:00 PM

James Anderson scored two points with five rebounds over 18 minutes in Friday's start at shooting guard.

Anderson has been a willing shooter but he hasn't looked great and he missed all four of his field goal attempts tonight. He has to show us something at least once before we'll entertain a pickup in any format.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 02:57:00 AM

James Anderson launched 10 three-point attempts as a starter on Wednesday, hitting four of them to finish with 15 points, two assists, two steals and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

He drained three straight 3s early in the second half, which salvaged his line, but we're not expecting double-digit bombs again this season. George Karl is enamored with Anderson's defense, which may give him the edge to hold off Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli at SG, but he's only worth a look if you need a handful of 3-pointers.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 12:12:00 AM

James Anderson will start Wednesday's game alongside Rajon Rondo, Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein.

George Karl dubbed Anderson the Kings' best perimeter defender during the preseason, so it's not a shock that he's getting the nod vs. Phoenix. Sacramento's rotations are in flux with DeMarcus Cousins injured and the team struggling to get wins, so there are no guarantees that Anderson will stick as a starter. There's too much competition and uncertainty to bother with him in standard leagues.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 07:46:00 PM

Coach George Karl said James Anderson is the Kings' "best defender on the perimeter."

It sounds like he's definitely in the rotation and there's even a chance he starts. Anderson won't be seeing many minutes and won't get enough shots to produce much value. This is a negative to Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 06:41:00 PM

James Anderson started for the Kings on Tuesday and hit 5-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points and three assists in 25 minutes.

The coaching staff likes him and he's making some noise, but that still doesn't mean you should target him in your fantasy draft. Just keep an eye on him going forward. Marco Belinelli and Ben McLemore should eat up enough of the shooting guard minutes to make Anderson an afterthought, even though he's had a nice preseason. If anything, just put him on your radar as a deep sleeper. Belinelli played 23 minutes and had 17 points and three 3-pointers, and BMac added six points, three boards, a steal and two blocks in 20 minutes.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 01:36:00 AM

James Anderson has already earned the trust of Kings head coach George Karl.

"His numbers don’t tell you how well we think he’s playing," Karl said of Anderson. "He just kind of gives you a no-nonsense, low-maintenance type of personality on your first unit. ... I think he’s kind of my insurance blanket right now between [shooting guard] and [small forward]. He’s a guy that I trust already. He hasn’t played great, but he’s been solid." Anderson hasn't been lighting up the box score by any means, but his defense has drawn the attention of Karl. It sounds like Anderson could have a role this season, but he still isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 09:54:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Darren Collison
SG1Ben McLemore
2Marco Belinelli
3James Anderson
4Seth Curry
SF1Omri Casspi
2Caron Butler
PF1Rudy Gay
2Quincy Acy
3Eric Moreland
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Willie Cauley-Stein
3Kosta Koufos