OKC Thunder: The strange NBA Draft stock of Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Cole Anthony #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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OKC Thunder 2020 Draft Prospect:
OKC Thunder 2020 Draft Prospect:: Cole Anthony #2 of the University of North Carolina drives with the ball during a game . (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

The upside, the potential, and the appeal are still there for Cole Anthony despite his lackluster college career to this point. One of the biggest negatives is his medical history. It seemed as if every game the 6’3 guard was getting beaten up at the college level, and even left him yelling on the hardwood “Why am I always getting hurt?!” Can he make it through an 82 game grind?

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Again, I love Cole Anthony’s potential and ability and he seems like an awesome person. I was as high as anyone on Anthony, and for my own personal sake I want him to be amazing at the next level so I can say “I told you so.”

However, his elite athleticism, speed, twitchiness, and motor (when healthy) do come with a ton of question marks. Without a predraft period of working out, going thorough medical history, and running through x’s and o’s, does Anthony’s stock drop even more?

Could he return to the college ranks and try to work his way back into a top pick of this year’s draft? I personally do not see this happening, due to the fact many of us still rank him as a low lottery pick, it is just a far-cry from his once top three hype he was once having heaped upon him.

Diving into his games, and breaking them down is going to be fun. His draft profile will be one of the first we roll out, but his draft story deserves more than just the pros and cons. It deserves a 30 for 30 on the rise and fall (and hopefully rise again) of Cole Anthony.

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