Tribute to the Champs: James Anderson

Jun 09, 2021 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: James Anderson

James Anderson was one of the great unsung heroes for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in its run to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague championship this season. The swingman was always there for Efes in his third season with the club; he was one of only six players to appear in the maximum 41 games this season. Anderson was a top 10 scorer in the league for Zalgiris Kaunas when he made his EuroLeague debut in 2014-15, but he was a do-it-all role player during his time with Efes. He still had some big offensive nights this season like in Round 13, when he led his team with 16 points in a close loss at Valencia Basket. And against LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne in Round 18, Anderson collected a career-best 11 rebounds.

Anderson was called on less than usual in Cologne; he totaled 2 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block over 20 minutes between the two games. However, down the strength in the championship game, Coach Ataman sent him into the game three times as part of a pattern of substitutions where he used Anderson's defensive prowess and game smarts. Fittingly, he was on the floor when Efes ran the clock out and started the celebrations. During his time with Efes, Anderson played in 106 games and become an integral part of a team that started building this success precisely the year Anderson arrived.