Derek Anderson (basketball)
July 18, 1974|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Doss (Louisville, Kentucky)|
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Number||23, 1, 8, 5|
|1999–2000||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2000–2001||San Antonio Spurs|
|2001–2005||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||7,357 (12.0 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,988 (3.2 rpg)|
|Assists||2,083 (3.4 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player.
Anderson is a graduate of Doss High School and was a Kentucky All-Star. Anderson played college basketball at the Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Anderson helped the University of Kentucky win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as part of a team that featured nine future NBA players under their coach Rick Pitino. Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1997 with a degree in pharmacy.
He was first selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 13th overall pick to the 1997 NBA draft, despite missing much of his second senior season at Kentucky due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He played for Cleveland from 1997–1999. On Aug. 4, 1999 he was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Johnny Newman to the L.A. Clippers for Lamond Murray. Anderson was ranked 7th in the NBA in free throw percentage (.877) in 1999–2000.
Anderson's NBA career was plagued by injuries. In the 2004–2005 season he only played in 8 of the final 42 games for the Portland Trail Blazers, and missed similar numbers of games in prior seasons. On August 3, 2005, he was the first player in the league waived using the so-called "luxury tax amnesty clause" of the 2005 NBA collective bargaining agreement. He would sign with the Houston Rockets as a free agent before being traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Gerald Fitch. The Heat would win the 2006 NBA Finals in six games after defeating the Dallas Mavericks to give Anderson his first championship.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Anderson won an NBA championship|
- Questions about state hall of fame selection process, Bob Watkins, The Spencer Magnet
- NBA biography of Derek Anderson at the Wayback Machine (archived October 15, 2008)
- ESPN.com – Derek Anderson
- Kentucky Wildcats biography at the Wayback Machine (archived November 10, 1999)