2016-17 Season review: Kyle Anderson
In a year filled with silver linings after getting swept out of the Western Conference Finals by the Golden State Warriors, unfortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, one of those not-so-silver linings was not Kyle Anderson’s performance this past season.
Once Boris Diaw departed, Anderson was assumed to fill Diaw’s shoes as a combo player who could facilitate the basketball, scores and simply be a "Swiss Army knife" type player. He had a nice showing in the 2016 Vegas Summer League with averages of 18.5 points and six rebounds in two games in Las Vegas, when the Spurs sent him home.
He looked primed to have a break out season. Instead, it was lukewarm at best.
The UCLA product started in 14 of his 72 appearances, averaging 3.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.2 minutes. Shooting at a 45% clip from the field, 38% from three-point range and .789 from the free throw stripe, Anderson scored in double figures just four times during the regular season. He also finished with an Offensive Rating of 109 and a Defensive Rating of 101.
During the playoffs, the third year pro appeared in 15 games with one start, averaging 5.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 13.0 minutes per game. His best effort came against the Warriors as he finished with a new playoff career-high 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.
Anderson is signed through the 2018-2019 and would become a restricted free agent should he decide to opt out of his deal.
Assuming the Spurs pursue another star player in free agency (Chris Paul?) either this summer or with the 2017-2018 class, Kyle may see his days in San Antonio coming to an end if the Spurs can make a deal to improve the roster this offseason.
With a major improvement on both ends of the floor over the offseason and an increase in minutes next year, Anderson can still prove to be a gem for the Spurs. However, it has been three years now and he hasn't been as effective as many thought.