Justin Anderson named 1st Team All-NBA G League

By dvance | April 18, 2022
Photo by Will Burris

APRIL 18, 2022 – On Monday, the NBA G League announced the remainder of their awards for the 2021-2022 season.

Fort Wayne saw Justin Anderson earn All-NBA G League First Team honors.

Anderson is the third Mad Ant to ever earn All-League First Team honors, joining Tony Mitchell (2012-13) and Ron Howard (2013-14).

When he received his third NBA Call-Up of the season on March 17, Anderson was leading the NBA G League in scoring at 27.8 points per game. Anderson earned call ups with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers in January before receiving the March call up with the Pacers. His call up total (3) tied a Mad Ants franchise record with Jeremy Richardson (2007-2008) for most in a season. Anderson would spend back to back 10-day contracts with the Pacers in March, ending his G League season.

Right before his March call up, Anderson was named NBA G League Player of the Week for March 7-13. Through the week’s three games, all wins, Anderson averaged 37.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6 assists and 1.7 steals per contest. During that time, Anderson shot 55 percent from the field, 37 percent from three point range (13 makes) and 87 percent from the free throw line (20-of-23).

In 22 games during the NBA G League regular season, which began in January, Anderson averaged 27.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the field and 88.5 percent shooting from the free throw line. He had 89 three point makes, while also averaging 7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while playing in 37.7 minutes per contest.

On March 8, Anderson put up the 4th highest scoring game in Mad Ants history against Windy City. Anderson scored 46 points in the overtime win. It was not his only 40 point game of the season, also scoring 40 in a game to become the third Mad Ant to have multiple 40 or more point games as in a Mad Ants career and multiple 40 or more point games in a season next to Tony Mitchell (3) and DeQuan Jones (2).

Anderson’s five games of 35 or more points this season tied DeQuan Jones for second most in a season and a Mad Ant career.

2021-2022 ALL-NBA G LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Justin Anderson – Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Mason Jones – South Bay Lakers

Justin Tillman – College Park Skyhawks

Trevelin Queen – Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Moses Wright – Texas Legends

 

SECOND TEAM

Cat Barber – College Park Skyhawks

Charles Bassey – Delaware Blue Coats

Braxton Key – Delaware Blue Coats

Saben Lee – Motor City Cruise

Reggie Perry – Raptors 905

 

THIRD TEAM

Luka Garza – Motor City Cruise

Jared Harper – Birmingham Squadron

Justin Jackson – Texas Legends

Carlik Jones – Texas Legends

Anthony Lamb – Rio Grande Valley Vipers

About the NBA G League

The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainer and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.  Featuring 29 teams, 28 with direct affiliations to NBA franchises for 2021-22, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  54 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2021-22 season boasted NBA G League experience.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.