NBA Draft


Scouting Report

Anderson was a key piece of Virginia's stout defense this past season, but he also has a balanced offensive game and improved greatly between his sophomore and junior seasons with the Cavaliers. He started strong during his final year in Charlottesville, but a broken pinkie on his shooting hand - his left - suffered in early February forced him to miss eight games, and he never quite got back into the same groove. Still, his 3-point shooting percentage skyrocketed from 29.4 as a sophomore to an incredible 45.2 as a junior, and it wasn't due to a dip in his attempts. He launched 102 3-pointers during his sophomore year and had 104 tries this past season. Anderson never truly excelled in one single aspect, instead playing a well-rounded, team-first style of basketball with crisp passing and aggressive defense while never forcing his shot. He averaged 12.2 points in 27.8 minutes per game last season after putting up less than eight points per game during his first two seasons while also averaging over 20 minutes. The issue with Anderson, who has great court vision and always seems to find the open man, is that he has a tough time creating his own shot, but at the pro level he will likely be a reliable reserve who's called upon to do a little bit of everything the way he was at Virginia. He runs the court well in transition and is a powerful finisher with a versatile and NBA-ready physique that makes him capable of defending both slightly larger players in the blocks and quicker players on the perimeter. Anderson seems to have the work ethic and unselfish attitude that NBA teams crave and will likely be selected in the low 20s during the opening round.


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