Now Anderson is starting for Kidd’s Nets because of a hand injury that could cause Paul Pierce to miss a month of action.
“He’s a guy that brings a lot to the table,” said Kidd, who wanted team brass to sign Anderson this offseason. “He can play multiple positions. In talking to a lot of people, they said he’s a great teammate. He loves to play the game. And so I thought he would be someone that would be big for us, and so far, he’s been huge.”
Anderson has been of Brooklyn’s few bright spots, averaging 7.9 points and shooting 37.7 percent from 3-point range.
Of Pierce’s injury, shooting guard Joe Johnson said: “It doesn’t surprise me. November was a very tough month for us. It seems like when one guy comes back, somebody else goes down. We have to find a way to get through it until those guys get back.”
• Tuesday night’s opponent, the Denver Nuggets, rank third in the NBA in pace. The Nets are 0-5 against teams that rank in the top 10 in pace (Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic).
“They’re a West Coast team,” Kidd said of the Nuggets, who have won their past six games. “We’ve played quite a few of those West Coast teams. They like to run. They like to shoot the 3. And it starts with their point guard (Ty Lawson). It puts a lot of pressure on us, so we have to be ready for that.”
• Mirza Teletovic said he didn’t know anything about a Bosnian television report in which his European agent said Teletovic wished to be traded by the Nets. Teletovic said he “feels awesome” being in Brooklyn.
Lately, absolutely. He’s averaging 14.3 points over the past three games. Given the injury to Pierce and how good he’s been at shooting and scoring, it doesn’t seem like there’s a reason for the Nets to deal Teletovic. Still, this is something worth keeping an eye on moving forward.