I can’t see the names Anderson or Andersen without immediately thinking of Mr. Anderson from the former educational series Beavis and Butthead, an often-exasperated man who was repeatedly mocked by the show’s fetching leads. “Hey Mr. Anderson, are you a homeowner?” Still makes me giggle.
That brings us to the Rockets, who have apparently signed seven-footer David Andersen. Normally a journeyman center from Europe who was a second-round pick in 2002 wouldn’t be worthy of anyone’s attention. But this is Houston, where the frontcourt is decimated by the loss of large person Yao Ming for all of next season.
In Yao’s place were, until this signing, smaller people in the forms of Luis Scola, Carl Landry, Chuck Hayes and Joey Dorsey. They could all crush me like a bug, but at 6’9″ or shorter, none of them will give the NBA’s typical center much trouble defensively.
That’s why Andersen is intriguing, because A) He will probably play and B) He’s got some offensive skills. For FC Barcelona last year he didn’t blow anybody away, but he did hit nearly a three-pointer per game, and he’s been compared to Mehmet Okur. Alas, Andersen hasn’t shown much in the way of shot blocking (less than 0.5 per game last year) but he did shoot over 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line, good signs both. Can he rebound and handle the physicality of the big leagues? Who knows?
It’s too early to make any bold predictions about this guy, so I’ll just conclude by saying: Keep Mr. Andersen in the back of your mind for the late rounds of your draft. I like Scola and Landry a lot, but with Houston’s roster in such flux this is a situation that bears close scrutiny this preseason.