2014 NBA Draft Prospect Evaluation: Kyle Anderson

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We continue our coverage of college prospects for the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft which is set to take place on June 26, 2014. This week we take a look at UCLA’s, Kyle Anderson.

Moe Mahamed covers College Basketball for Raining3s.com and provides his analysis.

Raining3s’ 2014 NBA Draft Evaluation: Kyle Anderson

 (Photo: Lance King/Getty)
(Photo: Lance King/Getty)

Kyle Anderson (20 years old, Freshman SG/SF, UCLA via New York)


Physical tools:

6’5 and ranging about 235 pounds, Kyle Anderson is a bulky but surprisingly quick SG that has a wingspan of about 7’3. He runs the point guard position and presents himself well for his size.

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Athletic ability:

Not the biggest athletic individual on the block but has good leaping ability; other than that Anderson reminds me of a bigger, broke man’s version of Kendall Marshall.


Playmaking ability:

Draws two defenders when he slashes and drives to the rim. Anderson is a player that promotes open jump shots to players put out on the wing. He has one of the better passing skills than anyone in the draft and will go big in the NBA if he cuts his weight and tones up.


Overall passing:

Above Average. Anderson got his third team All-Conference award for being one of the best passers in the Pac-12.


Outside shooting ability:

Not the best shooter, however when given the chance to have open shots at the basket, he makes them count. A good quality of his shots have come from inside the circle.


Ability to get own shot:

On average with most of the players in the draft class. Anderson is a player that just flies under the radar. Coveted coming out of high school, he plateaued after the one and done season from Shabazz Muhammed. He has the ability to drive and create contact and thats what makes him so valuable.


Anderson’s weakness. Has no quickness coming off the lateral slashing to the basket. It will hurt him when he translates to the pro’s. However it will take time and commitment working with veteran guards and time in the D-League to fully develop his skills.


Basketball IQ and intangibles:

Anderson has a high IQ pulling in from the point guard position, however he lacks the leadership and strength to be a great PG. He will most likely transition to a shooting guard and will have to improve his shot to be a successful in the pros.



Projected draft position: 23


Projected position in the NBA:

Tweener (SF-SG)


Comparable NBA player:

Kendall Marshall

– Moe Mahamed (draft evaluation)

Moe Mahamed is a sports writer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Besides lounging at the beach, he enjoys everything and anything basketball. Follow him on Twitter @Welcome_2moes and on Instagram,@welcome2moes


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