With the NBA season now nearly two weeks away, the NBA is gearing up for an all-star break.
While the regular season continues, and a number of teams are still looking to sign the top talent, there’s a number that’s in the mix for NBA roster spots: rookies.
As we mentioned in our post last week about the best rookies available in this draft, the Pelicans are in the middle of a big rebuilding process.
However, they’ve been able to draft in a number other areas than just the first round.
This week, they were able to sign rookie point guard Ryan Anderson to a four-year deal, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.
Anderson has been a bright spot in a Pelicans team that hasn’t been all that great in the paint during the last couple of years.
Anderson averaged 11.9 points per game and 4.5 assists during his rookie season, but he struggled to make shots in a limited role, shooting just 36.4 percent from the field.
While it might seem like a great pick for a team looking to bolster their depth at the point guard position, it’s important to note that Anderson is only 19 years old.
He’s been a solid player for the past couple of seasons, but it’s not the sort of player you’re likely to see on a team that needs a lot of scoring.
The Pelicans have also signed veteran forward Ryan Anderson, who played for the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics during the lockout.
He averaged 11 points per contest for the Pelicans last season, and was a key contributor to the team winning the 2016 NBA Championship.
Anderson is expected to sign with the Pelicans after spending the past year with the Rockets, where he played with Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, and James Harden.
While Anderson didn’t do much for Houston last season as a scorer, he was still a solid offensive threat for the Rockets and was able to make the All-Star team despite playing on a bench unit.
He’s expected to be a nice addition for the team as they look to build around a veteran point guard.
With Anderson signing with the organization, they’re likely going to get some young talent in return, and if the Pelicans sign a young player, expect that player to be in the conversation for a spot on the team.