So Halifax made one good move (getting rid of Glen Dandridge) and one questionable move (adding Michael Anderson). I was critical of the signing of Dandridge when it happened – he replicated something we already had, he wasn’t a real shooting guard which is what we did need, he was a life long disapointment, etc. After he put up huge numbers during the pre-season people said I was wrong about him. His regular season performance, however vindicated me even if it it made the team worse. He was a turn over machine, was a good on the ball defender but was terrible off the ball and got beaten constantly and despite having the physical abilities to do so he never went to the hoop instead settling for deep, contested jumpers. Of course, all of this ignores the worst thing about him: He was incapable of consistently knocking down deep jump shots which was supposed to be the one thing he did well. Good riddance.
Michael Anderson was listed is listed officially as a powerforward for Quebec but played almost entirely at small forward, even acting as a point forward at times bringing the ball up the floor and setting up the offense. He’s primarily an offensive player averaging 17.7 ppg, plus 6rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg and 0.9 blocks. He’s a decent outside shooter and can break guys down off the dribble and will likely challenge Silverhorn for the starting spot at the three.
So with all that said, why do I think this is a questionable move? Because the last thing this team needs is another natural powerforward (they have five on the roster before adding Anderson). And the second last thing they need is another scorer. Anderson took a team high 12.7 shots per game in Quebec and averaged over three turnovers a game. The guy needs the ball in his hands.
Halifax get the more talented player but this is part of a bigger set of moves for Quebec. They sent John Ruffus (a PF who had played for Montreal before The Troubles) to Manchester in exchange for Charles Mason (a SF) and Jamaal Wise (an undersized PF who also played with Montreal) as well as cash. The Kebs also signed PJ Young, a free agent SF who played most of the season with the Millrats. So with Mason in Anderson became redundant and it’s likely that Dandridge is making less money which is probably a plus for QC.
Overall I don’t think this move helps all that much. Halifax’s play-off hopes rest more in the hands of other teams than in their own and SF is a bit thin for Halifax but not entirely. It’s obvious that Berry is not happy with Silverhorn’s defense and toughness, often electing to start Jeanty. But at the same time both Jeanty and Millien can do a lot of the things at the 3 that Anderson can and we have to wonder if this is a good move when it comes to chemistry. Anderson has a bit of a reputation for being a ball hog and a headcase and the team has had a hard enough time adjusting to a new coach without throwing a new player into the mix as well. I guess we will see how this all plays out.
I almost feel like Halifax would have been better off giving more players to Quebec to try to make them better – the play off hopes of the Rainmen rely on the Kebs taking out Vermont.