San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospect: Justin Anderson

By George Middleton

Justin Anderson: 21-years old, Virginia, Small Forward

Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″6, 231-pounds, 6″11.5 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.7 steals, 47% field goals, 78% free-throws, 45% threes, 27.8 minutes

Quick Season Review: Justin Anderson was off to a terrific start in his junior year for top-5 nationally ranked Virginia, before suffering a broken finger. Anderson injured his pinkie against Louisville. Anderson had reached double digits scoring in 17 of the 21 games before that game. He went on to miss the next eight games, then he returned in time for the ACC Tournament. Anderson struggled in his first two games back, combing 0-6 in both games in 26 total minutes. In the big dance, Anderson scored 23 points total in two games, as they lost to Michigan State in the third round. Anderson was a big part of the Cavaliers 30-4 record, as he produced highly on both ends of the floor when healthy.

Strengths: Incredible athlete (43-inch vertical) with an NBA-ready body. Can shoot the ball particularly well on catch. Can defend at a high level and will be able to guard multiple wing spots. Good slasher that finishes with contact. Doesn’t make many mistakes on offense (1.2 turnovers). Solid passer that lets the game come to him.

Weaknesses: A bit shorter than most small forwards at 6″6. Must improve handle and shot-creating opportunities. Isn’t great at any particular area, despite shooting lights out this year (only shot 29% from three in 2012-13). Can improve as a rebounder, especially with the athleticism he possesses.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

Can be used as a backup for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, as he can fill in alongside either. Already polished as a shooter and defender, he can be a gem late in the first round, if he is still available. Playing on a Virginia team, that seems to operate as professional as any collegiate team will certainly go a long way.

NBA Comparison: Xavier Henry

I think there is a terrific chance he becomes a better player than Xavier Henry. He is more athletic and seems to play with more of a motor. Anderson has immediate “3 and d” potential.

Below is a Justin Anderson highlight video uploaded by Virginia Sports TV.

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