NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UCLA PF Kyle Anderson
|06.09.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Position: Power forward
Weight: 230 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists
Scouting report: Anderson is naturally a point guard, but it’s hard to see him playing that position in the NBA. Even though he is an outstanding passer, he is not athletic enough to defend guards and he lacks the elite ball-handling ability to create offense like he did in college.
On the upside, Anderson could make the shift to power forward and retain his incredible guard skills. Doing this would also minimize his lack of athletic ability, since he’d be playing with players of a similar speed. Anderson would need to add about 20 pounds of muscle to defend, but he has the frame to support the weight.
Playing power forward, the UCLA product could showcase his true role player attributes in the form of spot-up shooting and playmaking. He could, in a sense, be a player in the mold of a Boris Diaw or Lamar Odom. Those players had long careers as glue guys, and their teams always seemed to play smoothly when they were in the game.
How he fits: Brad Stevens likes his offense to move the ball and shoot the 3, and Anderson could come right in and do both of those things at a high level.
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Video: Here is a video scouting report of Anderson.