Amidst the summer Spurs fervor induced by adding talent like All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and David West to the already formidable perennial contender, second-year man Kyle Anderson‘s spot on the Spurs roster drew less attention. Had the Spurs had been a little less active pursuing big name veterans, Anderson would been looking into the spotlight — because he’s in position for a breakout year. Slightly under the radar to start, expect Anderson to be a real contributor.
The 6’9″ Anderson was named MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 22 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game. A UCLA Bruin and former McDonald’s high school All-American, Anderson does special things with and without the ball, and has the kind of high basketball IQ the Spurs prize. (Check out the pass below.) He played in 33 games last year, getting 11 minutes per, but figures to be a much bigger (and stronger) factor for the 2015-16 Spurs.