San Antonio Spurs rookie James Anderson will be available to play in tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after the Spurs recalled him from the Austin Toros today.
Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to the Toros on January 26 for a rehab assignment after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on November 11. He was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and appeared in three games before being re-assigned to the Toros on February 7. Anderson played in seven games with Austin, averaging 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. He shot .447 (42-94) from the field, .346 (9-26) from three-point territory and .714 (10-14) from the free throw line.
In his most recent game with the Toros on Monday, Anderson played the most minutes he’s played in his seven-game stint with the team. He logged 36 minutes, and although he struggled with his shot, he managed to finish with 10 points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot.
The added playing time has helped with Anderson’s conditioning, and he’s finding ways to contribute defensively, which is especially important to the Spurs.
With Anderson back in San Antonio, it’s doubtful that Steve Novak will be signed to a third 10-day contract once he finishes his second in early March.