Name Derek Anderson
Career start 1997
Pro career 1997–2008
Weight 100 kg
|Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)|
Height 1.96 m
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Role Basketball player
Career end 2008
|Born July 18, 1974 (age 41)
Louisville, Kentucky (1974-07-18) |
College Ohio State (1992–1994) Kentucky (1995–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Education Doss High School, University of Kentucky, Ohio State University
Similar People Ron Mercer, Tony Delk, Brevin Knight, Walter McCarty, Antoine Walker
Derek anderson 2014 national book festival
Derek Lamont Anderson (born July 18, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player.
Anderson is a graduate of Doss High School and was a Kentucky All-Star. Anderson played college basketball at the Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. In 1996, Anderson helped the University of Kentucky win the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship as part of a team that featured nine future NBA players under their coach Rick Pitino. Anderson went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 1997 with a degree in pharmacy.
He was first selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 13th overall pick to the 1997 NBA draft, despite missing much of his second senior season at Kentucky due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). He played for Cleveland from 1997 to 1999. On August 4, 1999 he was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Johnny Newman to the L.A. Clippers for Lamond Murray. Anderson was ranked 7th in the NBA in free throw percentage (.877) in 1999–2000.
Anderson's NBA career was plagued by injuries. In the 2004–2005 season he only played in 8 of the final 42 games for the Portland Trail Blazers, and missed similar numbers of games in prior seasons. On August 3, 2005, he was the first player in the league waived using the so-called "luxury tax amnesty clause" of the 2005 NBA collective bargaining agreement. He would sign with the Houston Rockets as a free agent before being traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Gerald Fitch. The Heat would win the 2006 NBA Finals in six games after defeating the Dallas Mavericks to give Anderson his first championship.
Anderson was waived by Heat on September 12, 2006, prior to the beginning of the 2006–07 season. Several weeks later, on November 28, he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.