By the numbers
43 games played (40 started), 29.8 minutes per game, 8.0 points per game, 54.3% field goal shooting, 26.3% three point shooting, 6.4 shots per game, 12.9 PER, 101.8 offensive rating, 103.7 defensive rating
During the off-season, the Memphis Grizzlies attempted to fill the ever so subtle need at the small forward position by offering Kyle Anderson a 4- year $37.2 million dollar offer sheet to pry him away from the San Antonio Spurs. Declining to match the offer, Kyle Anderson became the newest SF for the Memphis Grizzlies. As you can see above, his numbers sure don’t blow you away. Add the fact that he struggles from the three point line, what's the point in having him on your team? Well, his FG% was the best of his career, so efficiency isn’t a problem with him.
On the defensive end, he is an above average defender. He has been given the task of guarding the leagues best, and has shown that he can hold his own. Of course it wouldn’t be Memphis if they didn’t have a defensive stopper. Enter Kyle Anderson. However, plagued with a shoulder injury, he was unable to play to his full potential his first season in Memphis. Hopefully, this isn't a lingering issue with his shoulder. Memphis has had enough injury plagues in the last few years.
What is next
Kyle Anderson is clearly viewed as a big piece for this team. He is seen as a building block with Jaren Jackson Jr, and Dillon Brooks. Entering year two of as four year deal, fans will expect to see a significant jump from Kyle Anderson. The only thing that can stop him from making that jump? His shoulder. His injury has been very hush hush. Not a lot of information has come out about it, and there have been rumblings that he received the same surgery as Markelle Fultz.
Well, if that proves to be true, that doesn't bold well for the organization at all. More questions about his injury will arise. Did there organization know about this beforehand? Did it show in the medicals? Did the tram just miss this? That’s just not the road this organization can afford to go down because of various reasons. I will hope that he heals appropriately, comes back 100%, and can provide Memphis fans with some hope. Because lately, that’s all Memphis fans have been able to hold on to.