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Houston Rockets: Top-5 2022 free agent forwards

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Kyle Anderson, Houston Rockets
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Houston Rockets Free Agent Forward #4 Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson is a jack of all trades, master of none. His ability to contribute a little bit in all phases of the game prevents him from standing out, but when added up leads to a hell of a player. 

Per 100 possessions, Anderson looks relatively unspectacular. His 16.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per 100 possessions look relatively unimpressive when Joel Embiid is scoring 45.1 points and Chris Paul is dishing 15.8 assists per 100 possessions. However, no player in the NBA bested Anderson in all five categories. In other words, nobody in the NBA is better than a man nicknamed Slo Mo at doing a little bit of everything. 

Anderson turns 29 in September but is the exact type of veteran the Rockets should look for. He has put the team first his whole career and been a part of two of the best NBA cultures in the Spurs and Grizzlies. As an unrestricted free agent, the Rockets won’t have to worry about someone matching their offer. 

Coming off of a 4-year $37.1 million deal, the Rockets could probably land Anderson for something similar. They may have to overpay, as contenders should be lining up for his services, but with the way the cap is expected to grow, a $13 million annual average salary won’t be a weight down the line. 

There’s not much more to say about Kyle Anderson. He’s an excellent player that helps winning. His ability to contribute in all phases of the box score makes him a valuable player in plain sight and should allow him to age gracefully. The Rockets will have one of the youngest teams in the league next season. Spending a bit extra to have one sage veteran should be on their to do list. 

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