Kyle Anderson Snubbed in ESPN List

By George Middleton

Kyle Anderson will be entering his sophomore season this year. As a rookie, Anderson averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes. The 30th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft showed flashes of how special he can truly be, in the Summer League.

Sep 28, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Kyle Anderson (1) poses for a photo during Media Day at the training facility. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

In seven Las Vegas Summer League games, Anderson averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds. Anderson was named the 2015 NBA Summer League MVP. Thanks to Anderson, the Spurs won six of seven games, and won the Summer League Championship.

Somehow ESPN ranked Anderson as the 251st best player in the league in their top 400 players list. I know Anderson hasn’t proven much in the NBA, but the 22-year-old can be productive, if he is given an opportunity. He is already showing progress with his jump shot and looks in better shape. The 6’9 forward is already a terrific ball handler with vision. At UCLA, many saw Anderson as a poor man’s version of Magic Johnson. I know is high praise, but one can’t help it looking at the smooth forward handle the ball.

How can ESPN possibly rank players like Leandro Barbosa, Gary Neal, and Kent Bazemore ahead of Anderson?

Yes, these players have a better resume than Anderson at this point, but going forward Anderson should produce more.

This season, Anderson’s role is expected to expand as the Spurs don’t have someone reliable to occupy the backup small forward position.

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One can expect Anderson to look much sharper than he did as a rookie. The future is bright for Anderson.