The Washington Wizards have announced that shooting guard Alan Anderson has undergone an ankle procedure in a press release stating:
Alan Anderson had successful surgery today to remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle. Anderson underwent left ankle surgery in May to remove bone spurs and was still experiencing pain caused by irritation from the fragment.
The procedure was performed by Dr. David Porter at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Anderson will begin the rehab process immediately, but a timeframe for his return has yet to be determined.
Anderson played for the Brooklyn Nets last year, averaging 7.4 points per game with the a 56.3 true shooting percentage.
The Wizards used part of their mid-level exception to acquire the swingman this July. Along with the likes of Jared Dudley he was brought in by the Wizards to help them stretch the court and get away from the “mid-range” game. Last season, only the New York Knicks took a higher percentage of their shots between the semi-circles.
However Dudley had back surgery in July and will be out until July, so this exacerbates the problem of a thinning lineup. Ergo, Anderson’s loss is neither insignificant nor devastating. The Wizards will be lacking some depth and missing out on the opportunity to learn to play together.
In the meantime, look for Otto Porter to be playing more minutes at the 4 than coach Randy Witman had probably originally intended.