NBA Draft


Scouting Report

Anderson's nearly 6-foot-9 frame with ball-handling capabilities has lottery pick written all over it, and the most ambitious of comparisons have paralleled his game with that of Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen. His limited athleticism, however, could make teams in the top half of the first round look elsewhere, and a more accurate player comparison might be Jalen Rose. The optimist will call Anderson intriguing with a unique level of creativity afforded to him though his height and finesse game. The pessimist will say he's a player without an NBA position who turns the ball over too much to carry a high level of responsibility in the pros. The college basketball world came to know him as "Slow-Mo" at UCLA, where Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists as a sophomore this season. He was second on the team in scoring and first in rebounds and assists. His 270 defensive rebounds ranked third in the country, a particularly impressive feat for a player who was his team's primary ball-handler. In college, his height often bailed him out when trying to score in the lane, but he won't have that crutch in the NBA. Anderson's scoring average increased nearly five points from his freshman year (9.7 points per game) to his sophomore season in part due to an improved outside shot. He hit 21.1 percent from 3-point range as a freshman and 48.3 percent in his second year. His 58 3-point attempts in 36 games this season might leave some wary of the sample size. However, for someone currently lacking the strength and speed to finish in the paint at the next level, the maturity of that long-range shot combined with a high release point could be a huge selling point for a team determining whether to use a top-20 pick on him. Outside shot or not, his most attractive attributes at the NBA level should be his floor vision and prolific passing ability.


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