Ron Anderson (basketball) : biography
Ronald Gene Anderson (born October 15, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player, best known for his spell with the National Basketball Association's Philadelphia 76ers. His son Ron, Jr. played for South Florida for the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, after transferring from Kansas State.
A 6'7" guard-forward from Fresno State, after beginning at Santa Barbara City College, Anderson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1984 NBA Draft. Although he played the normal four years in college and immediately started playing in the league, Anderson arrived there at age 26. He would spend ten seasons (1984–1994) playing with the Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Washington Bullets (he split 1993–94 between these two teams, appearing for the Continental Basketball Association's Rochester Renegade in between).
Having had his best years with the Sixers. Playing alongside Charles Barkley, he scored in double figures four of the five seasons he spent in Pennsylvania, with a best output of 16.2 in 1988–89. Anderson finished his NBA career with totals of 7,056 points (10.6 average), 2312 rebounds (3.5) and 952 assists (1.4). He played at a top level until the age of 41, successively representing Montpellier Basket (1994–95, 1997–99), Maccabi Tel-Aviv (1995–96), Le Mans SB (1996–97) and Angers BC in the French and Israeli professional leagues. He also played with the Atlantic City Seagulls during 1995–96. He was the top scorer in France's Pro A top division in 1995. Injury and a failed knee operation while playing for Maccabi slowed him down subsequently.
Anderson settled, got married and started a family in France. He continued to play semi-professionally with the basketball team of La Séguinière, helping that team win the French third division in 2003 and subsequently playing in the second French division. At age 51, he scored 23 points in a game against Tourcoing in league play of France's second division. At age 52, he announced his final retirement on November 16, 2010, with his team sending him off at a last home game on November 27, 2010., Ouest-France, November 16, 2010 .
Anderson has been a resident of Voorhees Township, New Jersey.Staff. , The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 27, 1991. Accessed March 17, 2011. "Married soon afterward Ron and Gail now live in Voorhees."
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