LAS VEGAS -- The thought of playing with John Wall, who has a tendency to assist shooters around him have career seasons, is just too intriguing for Alan Anderson to pass up. His eyes did a jackpot when asked about the possibilities.
"I just bring in some consistency, just hard work every night. I bring a lot to the game," said Anderson at Cox Pavilion after his one-year deal with the Wizards was officially signed Sunday. "They already have a lot of energetic guys, slashers. They already have everything. I just fit in really good to help make open shots, open the floor for Wall to do his thing."
Anderson, a 6-6 small forward who spent the last two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, averages 7.9 points for his career, not including three seasons he played in Italy, Israel, Russia, Croatia and Spain. He was brought in to help fill the void left by Paul Pierce who bolted to the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent. Jared Dudley was acquired by the Wizards in a trade, too.
"There's only one Paul Pierce. He fills his own shoes," Anderson said. "I'm a different player. I do different things than what Paul does. We'll see. I'll definitely be a plus."
Wings such as Anderson tend to benefit significantly when playing with the pass-first point guard. Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster, for instance, had career seasons with Wall which led to big contracts when they became free agents ($32 million and $22.5 million).
"I'm ready to knock it down," Anderson, a 34.8% three-point shooter last season, said of playing with Wall. "I know he's going to give me a lot of opportunity, lot of open looks, a lot of open shots because he's going to always beat his man. I just got to be ready."
Sitting in the stands chatting with Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, Anderson watched the Wizards' summer league squad get trounced 94-74 by the D-League Select team. Of that group of mostly free agents, however, only Kelly Oubre is expected to be a teammate for 2015-16.
The Wizards have advanced to the East semifinals two seasons in a row, and if it weren't for Wall's broken left wrist they probably would've gotten past the Atlanta Hawks. Bradley Beal's emergence as the leading scorer in the postseason has added to the expectations that even without Pierce that the Wizards can be special.
"They're right there on the edge of things, where they can be right there and win something big, some hardware, a championship banner," Anderson said. "I just wanted to be a part of it. You got a great core. A great group of guys.
"Those two young players, they play hard, they bring it every night. Playing against those guys I knew I was going to have to bring it every night. Combining us all together I think it's going to be something exciting to see."