Anderson, Novak shoot better outside the arc than in it

James Anderson has been turning heads at the early games of the Impact Basketball workouts in Las Vegas with strong work.

After a fast start in preseason camp last season, Anderson’s stress fracture effectively ended his season. He struggled to earn his way back into the rotation after Gary Neal developed into a strong perimeter threat as the season continued.

But according to Project, Anderson’s numbers in Las Vegas. In his first three games with Team Royal, Anderson is averaging 21.0 points per game while shooting 76.5 percent from the field.

Those numbers are a huge improvement over last season, when Anderson was among a handful of NBA players who had better shooting percentages from beyond the 3-point stripe as they did from the field.

It’s unclear how much defense is being played at the Impact games. But 76.5 percent from the field and 21 points per game would be impressive if Anderson was throwing up Nerf balls. So it’s a good step for Anderson and his improvement heading into his second season.

Only 14 NBA players had better 3-point percentages than from the field last season. Included in the list were Anderson and Steve Novak.

Here’s a list of those players and their percentages during the 2010-11 season. 

Player, team                                               3P%                  FG%

Steve Novak, Dallas-Spurs           .565                 .522

Brian Cardinal, Dallas                             .483                  .430

Carlos Arroyo, Miami-Boston             .449                  .440

Mike Bibby, Atlanta-Miami                 .440                  .431

Brian Cook, Clippers                                .430                 .424

James Jones, Miami                               .429                   .422

Daniel Gibson, Cleveland                     .403                   .400

Derek Fisher, Lakers                                .396                  .389

Cartier Martin, Washington                   .394                 .390

C.J. Watson, Chicago                               .393                   .371

James Anderson, Spurs                  .391                  .383

Steve Blake, Lakers                                 .378                   .359

Roger Mason, New York                        .364                   .338

Rasual Butler, Clippers-Chicago         .338                   .333

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