Veteran Alan Anderson is going to get a lot of run this season in Washington coming off the bench because he can play the two when the Wizards go big (playing Marcin Gortat and Nene together) or he can be a three (maybe even a four when they go small. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.
But the former Brooklyn Net Anderson won’t be doing that at the start of training camp due to an ankle injury, reports J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com.
“He may miss the beginning of camp,” one person told CSNmidatlantic.com….
Anderson, who is vying for time there off the bench, is having soreness and strength issues with his left ankle and that will limit him early. He may take part in some individual drills when camp opens on the campus of Towson University in Baltimore Country but the Wizards will be cautious in bringing him along. Anderson hasn’t had another procedure.
With the Brooklyn Nets last season, Anderson had surgery in May to remove bone spurs. The Wizards already are without Jared Dudley, who was acquired in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, after he had lower back surgery in July. Dudley could be out until November or December though he is currently doing non-contact drills.
What this means is that Porter and rookie Kelly Oubre will get the reps in camp, which for the young players is good. Martell Webster could step up into that role, although I’m not going to bet on that. Anderson should be rounding into form by the time the season starts.
We will see how this all impacts coach Randy Wittman, who likes to play big lineups and did almost all of last season up until going smaller (with Pierce at the four) more in the playoffs. With no Dudley and a potentially slowed Anderson, does he stay big more at the start of the season? Let’s hope not, but we shall see.