Nov 29, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard James Anderson (11) drives to the basket against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 105-100. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Cut Daequan Cook And Sign James Anderson


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The Houston Rockets have parted ways with swingman Daequan Cook to make room for newcomer James Anderson, who will take on Cook’s role on the team.

The Rockets worked out Anderson and liked what they saw from the young man who was cut earlier in the season by the San Antonio Spurs. He was the 20thoverall pick in the 2012 draft. He has yet to see significant playing time in the NBA but has shot well so far this season when given a chance. The only problem I have with this pickup is usually when the Spurs cut someone it’s for a good reason. Anderson has had problems defensively even though Kevin McHale said he likes what he brings to the team on defense.   

“He’s a good, diligent defender,” coach Kevin McHale said of Anderson. “He’s a guy who knows how to play. I’m looking forward to getting him out here and seeing how he fits in our system.”

Anderson averaged 3.4 points on 44% shooting from the field and 45% from downtown in 10 games for the Spurs this season.

Cook never looked quite comfortable in the Rockets system, which I find strange. The Rockets need shooting off the bench badly and that’s why Cook made the roster in the first place. If he’s not shooting he is essentially useless. He shot 36% from downtown which isn’t bad, but he shot just 35% from the field which is way too low for a shooter.

He played in just 16 games for the Rockets, averaging 3.4 points in 10 minutes a game.

Anderson hasn’t played much better than Cook this season, but he is two years younger and looks to have a bigger upside. He can’t create his own shot, but with guys like Jeremy Lin and James Harden he should get plenty up spot-up shots.

I think Cook will land on his feet somewhere soon. Plenty of teams need scoring off the bench and he has proven throughout the years he can give you that if given a proper chance.

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