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Justin Anderson
Justin Anderson
Position: G
Born: 11/19/93
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary: $1,579,440
In September, the 76ers gathered at their headquarters for pickup games. Many players admit they were scouting Ben Simmons: point guard or power forward, phenom or phantom. It had been a year since they’d seen him do anything but shoot on a side basket. Justin Anderson, Philly’s 6’6″, 230‑pound third-year wing, matched up against Simmons. “The strength, the pace, the patience, it was shocking,” Anderson says. “He could post you up and move you out, but he could also jump over you, and he was throwing lobs from half-court. I told him afterwards, ‘There’s only one other guard who makes me feel small, and that’s LeBron James.’”
Justin Anderson, who turns 24 on Nov. 19, is actually among the older players on the 76ers roster. He began his career two years ago when he was drafted No. 21 by the Dallas Mavericks. He credits the older veterans in Dallas with helping him get adjusted to the NBA lifestyle, and that’s a big part of what he’s hoping to achieve in Philadelphia. “The best thing that happened to me was being drafted by a team like Dallas, with so many veterans that they had. It helped me understand the NBA game much faster than a lot of other rookies. It helped me learn how to take care of my body, be a good teammate, it helped me learn the game,” Anderson told Basketball Insiders. “I just try to bring everything I learned from those guys and try to help in as many ways as I can from a personal standpoint off the court, and on the court. I think I’ve been doing a good job of it and guys will respond to it.”
Although it’s still early in the season, there are big reasons for optimism in Philadelphia. The 76ers currently sit in playoff position in the Eastern Conference at 7-6. Last season, they didn’t win their seventh game until Dec. 18. They had two extended losing streaks of seven and eight games respectively up to that point. With the season starting off so well, the expectations have clearly changed. “Playoffs, it’s simple as that,” Anderson told Basketball Insiders. “The biggest thing is just continuing to realize that whatever happened in the past, record and all of that, it’s in the past. We’ve done away with it and we’ve moved on. We’re trying to create something good, and we’re on track.”