Unsigned after playing out his contract with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007, Alan Anderson traveled a long road to get back to the NBA.
Anderson played a year with Virtus Lavoro Bologna in Italy, spent a year with KK Cibona in Croatia, logged a season with Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv in Israel, a campaign with FC Barcelona Lassain Spain and part of a season with Shandong in the Chinese Basketball Association.
That was mixed in with a couple of stops in the G League before landing a 10-day deal with the Toronto Raptors in March 2012.
After emerging as a rotational player in Toronto, Anderson got a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets in July 2013 and re-signed for a second season in July 2014.
He was a consistent contributor on both ends, starting 45 games in two seasons while primarily working off the bench. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game while shooting .421/.343/.795.
Anderson appeared in 18 playoff games with the Nets as well, starting two, while putting up 7.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 22.4 minutes a night, posting a slash line of .485/.404/.667.
He was particularly good against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, keeping Brooklyn in the series by averaging 11.0 points per game on sizziling .610/10-for-16/6-for-9 shooting.
The Washington Wizards were sold, signing Anderson to a one-year, $4 million deal in July 2015.
Anderson has been out of the NBA since becoming a free agent in July 2017 after an injury-plagued campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers, catching on with the G League’s Lakeland Magic in February 2018 and getting into 15 games.