San Antonio Spurs pick former OSU star James Anderson in first round

Former Oklahoma State star James Anderson suffered a hamstring injury, and that might have cost him a few spots in NBA Draft.
BY JASON KERSEY,Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Modified: June 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm •  Published: June 24, 2010
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James Anderson's tweaked hamstring he suffered in his second workout might have cost him a few slots during Thursday's NBA Draft.

But the former Oklahoma State star isn't complaining after he was selected 20th overall by the San Antonio Spurs.

"I think it did (drop me) because I didn't get to show all the teams I was supposed to work out for my full potential," Anderson said. "They would see me limping around, and I think I kind of dropped down a little.

"Being with the Spurs, I couldn't think of a better fit."

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said: "I think as much as anything, if you listen to the guys who really know the college basketball scene, people really liked James. He's been injured for about the last four or five weeks, which prevented him from working out for teams. Our anticipation was that he would be gone a lot higher than us."

Anderson, the 2009-10 Big 12 Player of the Year, led the conference in scoring last season with 22.3 points per game.

"The last Big 12 Players of the Year have been Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant, so he's got big shoes to fill," Buford said, laughing. "We don't have those kind of expectations, but if he wants to go ahead and do that, it's fine with us."

Anderson said he's excited to play for a perennial playoff team such as San Antonio.

"They welcomed me with open arms, and I wasn't even on the team yet," Anderson said. "I just know the kind of people that they have around them."

Anderson watched the draft Thursday with his family and friends in his hometown of Junction City, Ark.

"Tears of joy just came rolling down my eyes (when I was picked)," Anderson said.