Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson
26-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
During the summer of 2018, the Grizzlies liked Anderson enough to sign him to a four-year, $37 million contract that the Spurs were not willing to match. He showed the ability to contribute in multiple areas during the 2017-18 season, averaging 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals across just 27 minutes per game. There was the potential for him to have an expanded role with the Grizzlies, but injuries limited him to just 43 games. When he was on the floor, he showed similar promise by averaging 8.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals over 30 minutes. He shot 54.3 percent from the field, but his free-throw shooting cratered at 57.8 percent. Considering he has shot 70.6 percent from the charity stripe for his career, he will likely improve in that category moving forward. However, the Grizzlies have made several offseason moves that put his role in doubt. Andre Iguodala might not start the season on the roster, but the Grizzlies also added Jae Crowder and Josh Jackson to potentially take away some of his minutes. Since he doesn't really excel in any one particular category, expect Anderson to once again have limited upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $37.16 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Anderson was born in 1993 in Fairview, New Jersey. He is the son of Kyle Sr. and Suzanne Anderson. His father was a longtime basketball coach. Anderson's nickname is "Slo Mo" due to his playing style. Anderson led St. Anthony High School to two consecutive titles and was named state player of the year during his senior campaign. Rivals.com named him the No. 1 small forward out of the 2012 recruiting class. Check Anderson out on Instagram (@teamslowmo) and Twitter (@kyleanderson5).

College/International Summary

Anderson was named the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament MVP and helped UCLA to the Pac-12 Tournament title. He also helped lead the Bruins to the 2014 NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. The guard led UCLA in rebounds (8.8) and assists (6.5) per game in the 2013-14 season. Anderson was second on the Bruins in points per game (14.6). The Fairview, New Jersey native also garnered a spot on the 2013-14 All-Pac-12 first team. He was named to the 2012-13 Pac-12 All-Freshman team, as well. Anderson declared for the 2014 NBA draft after his sophomore season and was selected in the first round with the 30th overall pick by the Spurs.

Drills four triples in scrimmage
FMemphis Grizzlies
July 24, 2020
Anderson posted 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-5 3Pt), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 22 minutes during Friday's 90-83 scrimmage loss to the 76ers.
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Anderson has never been hotter from deep than he was Friday, as he's never made four threes in a regular-season or playoff game in his career. He's only made 25.8 percent of his threes this season, so we shouldn't expect this type of shooting to continue into the seeding games.
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2018

Over the summer of 2018, Anderson signed a free agent contract with the Memphis Grizzlies after a successful four-year stint with the Spurs. He would find himself with more opportunities on a veteran-laden Memphis squad. The forward's first four months were successful, as he provided his usual well-rounded play. With Memphis, Anderson posted career-high per game averages in points (8.0), rebounds (5.8), assists (3.0) and minutes played (29.8). On New Year's Eve, Anderson put up a career-high-tying 20 points during a loss at Houston. On Nov. 10, the small forward grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds during a home win over the 76ers. Two nights later, he repeated the feat and snagged another 13 rebounds during a loss to the Jazz. On Jan. 4, Anderson dished a career-best-tying 10 assists versus the Nets. That contest would also mark his lone triple-double of the campaign, via 11 points, 11 boards and the 10 mentioned dimes. Unfortunately, Anderson's season ended prematurely as he began experiencing shoulder discomfort in early February and ultimately underwent season ending surgery.

2017

With Kawhi Leonard missing all but nine games due to quadriceps issues, Anderson was thrust into the biggest role of his career during the 2017-18 campaign. He started 67 of 74 appearances, averaging career highs in points (7.9), rebounds (5.4), assists (2.7), steals (1.6) and field-goal percentage (52.7). He also set new single-game career marks of 20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and four blocks. Arguably his best performance of the regular season occurred during a 20-point loss to the Warriors on Nov. 2. In 26 minutes, Anderson posted 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal with just one turnover. Anderson's best stretch of the season was six games from Nov. 17-29. He averaged 11.8 points on 8.3 shots, plus 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists (1.8 turnovers) and 2.2 steals in 30.3 minutes. The Spurs finished the season 47-35 and lost to the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs. Anderson appeared in all five postseason contests, averaging 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 14.6 minutes. He played his best playoff ball during the final two games of the series, averaging 10.0 points without missing a shot in addition to 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 combined steals-plus-blocks.

2016

Anderson saw action in 72 games (14 starts) during the 2016-17 campaign. He received 14.2 minutes per game, averaging 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He set career highs in three-point percentage (37.5) and free-throw percentage (78.9). Across Anderson's 14 starts, he averaged 5.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.1 minutes. One of Anderson's best stretches of the season came in four games from Jan. 21-27, when he averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks with just 0.8 turnovers in 25.5 minutes. His best overall game of the season occurred March 11 during a 22-point win over the Warriors. Anderson played 32 minutes and recorded 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one block with no turnovers. The Spurs finished the season 61-21, defeating the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs and the Rockets in Round 2 before losing to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Anderson appeared in 15 playoff games (one start), averaging 5.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13.0 minutes. His best postseason performance came during the final game, which featured 20 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists over 27 minutes.

2015

Anderson found a true rotational role with the Spurs during the 2015-16 campaign. He set career highs nearly across the board, appearing in 78 games (11 starts) while averaging 4.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 16.0 minutes. He also set highs in field-goal percentage (46.8), three-point percentage (32.4) and free-throw percentage (74.7). In Anderson's 11 starts, he averaged 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals across 28.9 minutes. He racked up new single-game career marks in rebounds (11), assists (seven), steals (five) and blocks (two). Arguably his best performance of the season occurred during a 96-91 victory over the Mavericks on April 13. He started, played 30 minutes and recorded 15 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, four assists and no turnovers. The Spurs finished 67-15, making the playoffs but losing in the second round to the Thunder following a sweep of the Grizzlies. Across 10 playoff appearances, Anderson averaged 2.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes. His best playoff performance came during the Game 1, 32-point win over the Thunder. He accumulated two points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 23 minutes of run.

2014

Following two years of college ball at UCLA, Anderson was selected with the 30th overall pick by the Spurs during the 2014 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut during the fourth game of the season Nov. 6 -- a 17-point loss to the Rockets. Anderson played 31 minutes off the bench and recorded four points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals with no turnovers. Overall, he appeared in 33 games (eight starts), averaging 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes. In starts, Anderson averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 20.1 minutes. He set single-game highs of 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. Arguably his best all-around effort of the season came during a 109-95 win over the Knicks on Dec. 10. Anderson saw 23 minutes as a starter and posted nine points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers. The organization also opted to get Anderson some run in the D-League. There, he appeared in 26 games, averaging 21.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks across 40.1 minutes of run.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 10, 2014
    Signed a rookie two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs
  • July 9, 2018
    Signed a four-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Grizzlies thought highly enough of Anderson’s talents to tender him a four-year, $37 million offer sheet that the Spurs somewhat surprisingly chose not to match. The 24-year-old swingman continued to fill out the stat sheet last season, his fourth in San Antonio. Anderson totaled career highs across the board – 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals on a career-best 52.7 percent shooting – averaging 26.7 minutes while Kawhi Leonard missed all but nine games with his quadriceps issues. A jack-of-all-trades with an above-average defensive skill set, Anderson seemingly fits right into Memphis’ slow-paced, half-court philosophy, one that somewhat resembles that of the Spurs team he leaves behind when running on all cylinders. Despite the presumed starting job, Anderson could ultimately see only a slight bump in playing time over last season, considering the likes of second-year man Dillon Brooks and veterans Chandler Parsons and Omri Casspi are also available to help man the three.
Anderson's third year with the Spurs didn't come with much improvement statistically. In fact, he saw his minutes per game drop from 16.0 to 14.2, while adding averages of 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 72 games. His 37.5 percent clip from the three-point line was a new career high, but the fact that his playing time dropped is still the main concern for his value. The good news for Anderson is the Spurs were unable to sign Jonathon Simmons to a contract extension, which should open up some extra minutes in the regular rotation. It wouldn't be surprising if Anderson was able to boost his numbers across the board in what should be the final year of his rookie deal, but it still likely won't be enough to keep him relevant in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
With his height (6-8) and ability to handle the ball like a point guard, Anderson projects as a versatile piece on a Spurs team that values perimeter and post mismatches. During his rookie season in 2014-15, he averaged 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 11 minutes per contest through 33 games. While the Spurs are one of the deepest teams in the league right now, and earning significant playing time would be no easy task, Anderson has shown a lot of promise. In D-League last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.4 blocks in 39 minutes per contest through 31 games. Anderson built on that showing by earning NBA Summer League MVP honors in Las Vegas this offseason. No matter his accolades thus far, it seems unlikely that Anderson will supplant players like Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili for a primary backup role this season. However, with coach Gregg Popovich's strategy of resting his veteran players and keeping the starting five's minutes totals low, it is possible that Anderson could see increased minutes this season.
Kyle Anderson was the Spurs' first selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, at 30th overall. He played two seasons at UCLA, averaging 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 0.8 three-pointers in 33 minutes per game through 36 games in his sophomore season. Anderson shot 48 percent from the field on 10.5 attempts per game and 74 percent from the line on 5.2 attempts. He brings a unique skill set to the NBA after playing point guard in college at 6-foot-9. Anderson projects to play as a forward in the NBA, in more of a distributor, point-forward sort of role. At the Las Vegas Summer League, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 0.7 three-pointers in 24 minutes per game through six games. He shot 41 percent from the field on 7.0 attempts per game and 77 percent from the line on 2.2 attempts per game. The major negative scouts saw in Anderson in the pre-draft process was his lack of athleticism, but landing in San Antonio is a great fit, given their ball-movement offense. This season, Anderson will be buried on the depth chart behind Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and won't be a consistent fantasy factor, but he has tantalizing skills for dynasty leagues.
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Ice cold in loss to Hawks
FMemphis Grizzlies
March 3, 2020
Anderson accumulated three points (1-7 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 21 minutes during Monday's 127-88 loss to the Hawks.
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Fills stat sheet in spot start
FMemphis Grizzlies
February 6, 2020
Anderson registered six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six assists, five rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 121-107 win at Dallas.
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Starting Wednesday
FMemphis Grizzlies
February 5, 2020
Anderson will start Wednesday's game against Dallas.
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Back to bench
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 29, 2020
Anderson will come off the bench Wednesday against the Knicks.
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Full line in 29 minutes
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 26, 2020
Anderson produced six points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes during Sunday's 114-109 win over the Suns.
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