Kyle Anderson was selected with the 30th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. He was seen as a lottery pick by many experts before the draft. It didn’t seem possible for the Spurs to have a pick with that much potential that late in the draft. Watching the draft I had Anderson’s name circled, with the Suns, Clippers, and Thunder were ahead of the Spurs, I knew he would land in San Antonio. The three teams love to run and play a style that seems to be in contrast of Anderson.
Anderson is a player with a unique skill set, to say the least. The UCLA product is 6″9, yet he has the handle and playmaking ability of a point guard. What makes Anderson intriguing is his ability to rebound. This past season for the Bruins, he averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. He ranked sixth in the nation in assists and third in the Pac-12 in rebounding.
Anderson fell in the draft, mainly because he lacks explosiveness and his shooting is inconsistent. Despite being seen as an “inconsistent” shooter, he shot 48% from three, making nearly one a game! He also has the ability to post a smaller player and shoot the 15 footer over him. Anderson’s game is very similar to teammate Boris Diaw. Diaw with the Suns might’ve had a quicker step, but Anderson’s game is more complete at the age of 21 than his was. Like Diaw, Anderson can play multiple positions and they both possess tremendous IQ.
It seems that the Spurs have a history of making players that were once doubted (Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Patty Mills, Diaw, and Tony Parker), succeed. Anderson should easily fall into that list, as scouts constantly focus on his lack of speed and athleticism, instead of saying that his handle is as fluid as any 6″9 player with the ball since Magic Johnson. Anderson is definitely no Magic, but he can be a terrific player a few years from now. After all it seems like the Spurs are good at having players pop out of nowhere to help their title runs.
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