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Kings season primer: James Anderson has a well-traveled career

The Kings’ James Anderson drives to the basket against Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets on July 12 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
The Kings’ James Anderson drives to the basket against Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets on July 12 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Bee provides a primer for each of the 15 players on the Kings’ roster entering their 2015-16 campaign, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. View the rest of the profiles here.

James Anderson’s résumé has some interesting entries. He was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2010 for Oklahoma State. He was drafted by the Spurs that season in the first round, battled injuries, and later played with the Rockets, 76ers, in the NBA Development League, followed by a season in Lithuania.

The shooting guard was an offseason free-agent signing. He played for a couple of former George Karl assistants while he was with Philadelphia. Perhaps it’s that connection that helped him earn the Kings coach’s trust. “He’s a guy that I trust already,” Karl said. “He hasn’t played great, but he’s been solid.”

It’s not as if Anderson’s signing filled a void at guard. The Kings have Ben McLemore and signed Marco Belinelli, another free agent. But Anderson has quietly made his presence known during the preseason. “He just kind of gives you a no-nonsense, low-maintenance type of personality on your first unit,” Karl said.

PLAYER BIO: JAMES ANDERSON

Position/jersey: Guard-forward, No. 5

Height/weight: 6-6, 213

Age: 26

Experience: Four years

Prior to NBA: Oklahoma State

Key 2014-15 stat: Averaged 13.7 points for BC Zalgiris in Lithuania.

Comment: Steady and unspectacular are fine as long as he makes open shots and defends consistently.

Jason Jones

I hate getting scored on, so I take that personal and just try to go hard out there.

James Anderson

STORY LINES

James Anderson quietly impresses Kings with steady play

James Anderson’s defense earns him consideration as starter

Anderson starts in place of McLemore in preseason game

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