Throwback Thursday: Kenny Anderson

After an outstanding career at Georgia Tech, Kenny Anderson was drafted with the second pick of the 1991 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. As a rookie, Anderson averaged seven points, two rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.

In Anderson’s second season, he started to come into his own. He averaged 16.9 points and 8.2 assists per game. Anderson helped lead the Nets to their second straight playoff appearance where they lost in 5 games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 1994, Anderson made his first and only All-Star appearance as a member of the Nets. That season, Anderson scored a career-high 18.8 points and 9.6 assists per game. Unfortunately, the Nets lost in the first round of the playoffs once again in 4 games against the New York Knicks.

In 1996, Anderson was traded to the Charlotte Hornets along with Gerald Glass for Kendall Gill and Khalid Reeves. In 1998, Anderson signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. With his two seasons in Portland, Anderon averaged 15.8 points 6.5 assists per game. The Blazers had a very talented roster having Anderson, Rasheed Wallace, Arvydas Sabonis, Clifford Robinson, and Isiah Rider. But they could not get past the Los Angeles Lakers led by Shaquille O’Neal. The Lakers knocked them out of the playoffs in both seasons.

After two seasons with the Blazers, Anderson was traded to the Toronto Raptors along with a few other pieces. Anderson would not report to Toronto which caused the Raptors trading him to the Boston Celtics. Anderson’s first few seasons with Celtics were rocky. But in his final year, the Celtics made the Eastern Conference finals. They were led by Paul Pierce, Antoine Walker, and Kenny Anderson. Boston had a strong run in the playoffs before losing in six games to the New Jersey Nets. Anderson would play five seasons with the Celtics averaging 11.3 points per game.

After his time with Celtics, Anderson went on to play with numerous teams. He played for the Seattle Supersonics, New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and the Los Angeles Clippers. After his Celtics days, Anderson couldn’t produce the same impact with other organizations as his career was pretty much over.

Kenny Anderson was an outstanding ball-handling point guard from Queens, New York. New York is to a lot of great point guards. Anderson played in the NBA from 1991 to 2006 and averaged 12.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6.1 points per game.

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