Aussie impressing Raps, coach

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Two games into his second year in the NBA, David Andersen continues to open eyes and expand his role.

The 6-foot-11 power forward/ centre only arrived on the NBA scene a year ago as a 29-year-old veteran of the European Leagues.

The Houston Rockets rescued him from the Atlanta Hawks who made him a second round selection way back in 2002 but then never showed much interest in getting him over to the NBA.

Andersen admits his success in the Euroleagues, he was on three Euroleague championship teams between 2001 and 2008 played a role in keeping him in Europe.

"They drafted me back in 2002 and it was just the opportunities never arose," the native Australian said of the Hawks. "As I went along in my career in Europe I was getting better and better and going on big teams for big money over there and Atlanta never really came to the ball."

Andersen won a Euroleague title with Virtus Bologna in 2001 and then two more titles with CSKA Moscow.

Houston gave up $2-million and a second round pick to secure his services prior to last season. The Raptors got him for a future conditional second round pick.

Andersen said he was never in a hurry to get his NBA opportunity but when the Rockets opened that door for him, he felt it was time.

"I had been playing in Europe for a while and won pretty much everything there is to win with the Euroleague and domestic leagues in the various countries," he said. "I had conquered a lot in Europe and I wanted to see if I could make it in the NBA."

Andersen has impressed with a consistent jump shot that he can take all the way out to the three-point line and create the mismatches head coach Jay Triano could previously only get when Andrea Bargnani was on the floor.

Andersen has already made a jump in Triano's estimation.

"It's changed a little bit just because he's been better -- I wouldn't say better than we thought because we knew he was good. That's why we did the deal. He kind of fits with our style and that's having a big who can step out and shoot the ball a little bit. Guys can bang inside and defend inside but he's going to cause mismatch problems because you are going to have go out and guard him.

Through two games Andersen is averaging 19 minutes, 5.5 points and three rebounds a game.


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