One of the most intriguing prospects in this years draft is Jersey Native and UCLA Forward Kyle Anderson. At 6′-9″, Anderson plays an “old man” style of play, as he plays with great pace. In high school at St. Anthony’s playing under legendary coach Bob Hurley, he was nicknamed “Slow-Mo” which is really fitting. Anderson loves to make plays for others, as he had 6.5 assists this year as a UCLA Bruin. At the combine, he measured a 7′ 2.75″ wingspan,which is pretty darn impressive. He can get to the rim and finish in a variety of ways. In order to take his game to the next level, Anderson will need to produce a little bit more of a jumper and get a little stronger. However, overall, Anderson could be a really good player in this league.
Chad Ford of ESPN had to say this about Anderson in Oklahoma City:
Throughout the season, scouts have been very divided about his NBA translation, but lately Anderson’s play has been hard to ignore. He’s been doing everything: passing the ball, rebounding and scoring. He’s even shooting 53 percent from 3 this season. True, he’s not an athlete, and UCLA has been trying to hide him on defense all season, but his offensive wizardry makes him an intriguing choice somewhere in the second half of the first round.
Anderson is a stretch four who can basically do it all. With Nick Collison’s contract expiring after this year, Anderson would be a great replacement. In terms of next year, the UCLA forward could, without a doubt, compete for a spot in the rotation.
There is sense of uncertainty heading into tonight’s draft for Thunder fans. Who will they draft with both picks? Will they even keep the picks? If not, will they go after Iman Shumpert?
All of those questions will be answered tomorrow night at 7 PM on ESPN. Go Sam Presti.