Michael Levin Anderson (born March 23, 1966) is an American former professional basketball player for Drexel University, the NBA, Spain's professional Liga ACB, the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), the Greek Basket League and the Turkish Basketball Super League.

Michael Anderson
Personal information
Born (1966-03-23) March 23, 1966 (age 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolCarver (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeDrexel (1983–1988)
NBA draft1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73rd overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1988–2002
PositionPoint guard
Career history
1988Philadelphia Aces
1988–1989Charleston Gunners
1989Rapid City Thrillers
1989San Antonio Spurs
1989–1990Real Madrid
1990–1991Rapid City Thrillers
1991Philadelphia Spirit
1991Rapid City Thrillers
1991–1992Tri-City Chinook
1992Philadelphia Spirit
1992–1993Tri-City Chinook
1993Baloncesto León
1993CB Zaragoza
1993–1994Tri-City Chinook
1994CB Girona
1994–1995CB Murcia
1995–1997CB Sevilla
1999KK Cibona
2002Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs
Career highlights and awards

College careerEdit

Anderson was a high school star at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science, in Philadelphia. At Drexel, he averaged over 19 points per game during his college basketball career, and led the Dragons to their first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship appearance in 1986, where they lost to eventual national champion, Louisville. This game was notable because Anderson was playing against familiar local foes, Milt Wagner and Billy Thompson, who played high school ball on Camden's nationally ranked team. That year Anderson was named to the UPI and Sporting News honorable mention All-America teams. Anderson also led the Dragons to an upset of a David Robinson-led Navy team in the Palestra in 1987, one of the biggest wins in school history.

Anderson is ranked 12th all-time in career NCAA steals, with 341, and he is tied for first all-time in career NCAA triple doubles. He was recognized in 2008 by the Colonial Athletic Association as a CAA Men's Basketball Legend, in a class that included University of Maryland and James Madison University head coach Charles "Lefty" Driesell.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Anderson would become the first Drexel basketball player to make the roster of an NBA team. He played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 1989 NBA season, after being drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 3rd round (23rd pick), of the 1988 NBA Draft.

Anderson had a successful four-year career in the Spanish ACB League, playing from 1993 to 1997. He played for Real Madrid, Baloncesto León, CB Murcia and Caja San Fernando, garnering league MVP honors in the 1995–96 season, while playing for the latter. He was also a 1993 ACB league All-Star.[2] After that, he played for Ülkerspor in Turkey, and with them he won the 1997–98 Turkish Basketball Super League season championship, while averaging 21.1 points per game. Anderson also played a couple years in the USBL and the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), making the All-Rookie team in 1988–89, with the Charleston Gunners, and making first team All-League with the Tri-City Chinook in 1993–94.[3]

NBA career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

1988–89 San Antonio 36 12 20.3 .417 .143 .695 2.5 4.3 1.2 0.1 5.7
Career 36 12 20.3 .417 .143 .695 2.5 4.3 1.2 0.1 5.7

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