Is Kyle Anderson's savvy offensive game enough for him to succeed in the NBA?

Kyle Anderson

School: UCLA

Position: Small Forward

Mock Draft Projections: Draft Express- 23, NBA Draft Insider- 19

Stats

Screen_shot_2014-06-10_at_6.21.02_pm_medium

Stats via sports-reference.com/cbb

Measurables

· Height: 6 '7.5" without shoes, 6' 8"5 with shoes

· Weight: 230 pounds

· Age: 20

· Wingspan: 7' 2.75"

· Standing Reach: 8'11 1.5"

Combine Numbers

Did not test due to injury.

Playmaking

Anderson is one of the most unique players in the draft. At his height and wingspan, he operates on the floor as a point forward. He was UCLA’s point guard last season, as he brought the ball up and was the first player the big would look for to start the fast-break. Anderson’s nickname throughout his UCLA career was "Slo-mo" because of his pace when he had the ball. That might puzzle you a bit if you’ve never seen him play, but Anderson makes it work in his own way. Players around him know that if they stay active and get open that Anderson will find them. He’s one of the best passers in this draft who will lullaby a defense to sleep while he walks around dribbling the ball searching for angles. Whenever he dribbles the ball up in either transition or the half-court, his head is always up and looking for that quick pass (remember, he can see over everyone at 6’9). Even when Anderson receives the ball on the catch, his head shoots right up, as he knows where everyone is on the floor and is sure to make the defense pay if they are at all out of position.

One of my favorite quotes from LeBron James was about him beginning to learn how to dominate in the league. I don’t have it word for word, but basically what LeBron said was that once he learned to ignore his initial defender and pay attention to what defenders 2-5 were doing he could dominate the floor. Now everyone pump the brakes here, I’m not coming close to comparing the two as basketball players. In that small facet though, Anderson gets it. He understands if he moves the ball somewhere, the defense will shift accordingly, and he can manipulate that. This is a very long way of saying that Anderson has a great basketball IQ.

Scoring

As a scorer, Anderson uses his large frame well to score in many different ways. Some of you Bright Side readers might have seen him at his best in the Pac-12 championship game against Arizona. Despite being defended by Aaron Gordon for most of the game, Anderson finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists. Gordon moves so well laterally, but Anderson’s long strides and relatively big frame were enough for him to get to the basket for 13 free throw attempts. Anderson is a crafty enough finisher to get it done despite lacking decent athleticism. Now you might be wondering how he’s getting into the lane.

Well, Anderson shot the 3 at a ridiculous rate last season, hitting 48% of his 1.6 attempts per game. He understands how this game works, so Anderson will use little head fakes and such knowing that his defender knows he can hit the shot. If he has a smaller defender on him, Anderson will use his high release to hit shots. Even if it is contested, he's getting a pretty good look if it's a smaller guard. It’s a weird paradigm with him, because Anderson usually has the ball in his hands so being a catch and shoot guy is not his thing, but he was great at that as well. He’s hitting these threes contested and with guys right in his face sometimes, so you’ve got to think it wasn’t just an insane hot streak all season. His 21% from his freshman season could have been the fluke instead of last season, but we will just have to wait and see.

Once again, Anderson is a slow dude, but he understands the geometry of the floor. If you put a quicker guard on him to keep him out of the key, he will get the ball in the post and operate from there. There’s no way you are ever sending a double on Anderson because you know he will find the open man in a split-second. If you bump him at the three-point line and switch off to contain the rim, Anderson has a good enough mid range game to pull up and make you pay.

Rebounding

Despite not being a good leaper, Anderson is a very good rebounder. He grabbed nearly 9 a game last season, and uses that insane wingspan and understanding of the floor to get the ball. He’s got that Kevin Love gene in that he understands the way the ball is going to bounce off the rim, so he’s always jumping at the precise moment and is usually in the right spot to grab the rebound. Besides the normal advantages a good rebounder has, Anderson’s are beyond that as his ability to go coast to coast is up there with anyone in this draft.

Defense

This is the giant red flag everyone is waving and I agree. Anderson is a very bad defender. He does not possess good athleticism and quickness, which he even struggled with mightily at the college level. It’s only going to get worse at the NBA level. UCLA would attempt to hide him on the worst offensive wing or guard the other team had, which meant he was primarily an off ball defender. Anderson frequently loses his man by paying attention to the ball, and that lack of quickness usually leaves good passes burning him. Laterally, he is a nightmare. He attempts to use that frame I previously discussed to body his man as much as possible, but it can only help him so much. At only 230 pounds, NBA level bodies were destroying him in college. In the post, it’s about the same story, as he doesn’t have the toughness to go against any sized power forward.

The good news defensively is that Anderson uses that ridiculous 7’3" wingspan to get deflections, steals, and blocks, as the stats show from last season. He would rack those up against bad opponents who would run through the motions offensively or think they had enough space on him when they did not. Like his ability to get to the rim, these may fade away at the NBA level.

Overall

Anderson might be the most unique prospect in this draft. His absurd court vision and playmaking abilities have him on his own pedestal, and the package he has shown as a scorer and shooter make him a great overall offensive player. However, his athleticism and struggles defensively have teams very wary of selecting him. Also, Anderson is so different as a prospect that it is going to take the right fit in order for him to succeed and for a team to get the most out of him. Those three concerns are why you see him around the mid to late first round in most mocks.

NBA Comp

A better Boris Diaw offensively

Fit in Phoenix

This one is up for debate. Anderson’s role is going to come off the bench as the guy you hand the keys of the offense to and tell him to go run the show. Could he do this for the Suns? I think so. The Suns already have two scorers off the bench in Markieff Morris and Gerald Green that require the ball enough, but Anderson could be that guy to make sure that they do get the ball and in the best spots. In a fanpost last week, I aired my concerns about the assist numbers for the Suns. A pass first player who could potentially be a knockdown shooter from three would really help. I like him at 18 and love him at 27.

Will the Suns draft a future Star? See who the experts from around the web have the Phoenix Suns picking with their 14th, 18th, 27th, and 50th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

The draft is only a few weeks away and the Suns have four draft picks in the upcoming draft. They can go a variety of different ways with these picks. They can draft potential, someone who can contribute right away, or even pick an international player and stash him overseas for a year. Here's who the experts think the Suns are going to draft:

Chad Ford - ESPN.com

14th pick: James Young - G/F, 6-7, 213lbs, Kentucky, Freshman, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40.7 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'0" wingspan, 5.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: T.J. Warren - SF, 6-8, 220lbs, NC State, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 24.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 spg, 52.5 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'10.25" wingspan, 8.0% body fat, 35.5-inch vertical leap

27th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%

Marc J. Spears - Yahoo.com

14th pick: Nik Stauskas - G, 6-7, 207lbs, Michigan, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 17.5 ppg, 3.3 apg, 44.2 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'7.75" wingspan, 12.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: Zach LaVine - G, 6-5, 181lbs, UCLA, Freshman, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg,1.8 apg, 37.5 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.25" wingspan, 4.7% body fat, 41.5-inch max vertical

27th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%


Chris Mannix - SI.com

14th pick: Rodney Hood - G, 6-8, 208lbs, Duke, Sophomore, 21 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 42.0 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.5" wingspan, 7.5% body fat, 36.0-inch max vertical

18th pick: James Young - G, 6-7, 213lbs, Kentucky, Freshman, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 40.7 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'0" wingspan, 5.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

27th pick: Kyle Anderson - G, 6-9, 230lbs, UCLA, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 48.3 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'2.75" wingspan, 13.4% body fat

Sam Amico - FoxSports.com

14th pick: Adreian Payne - F, 6-9, 239lbs, Michigan State, Senior, 23 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 42.3 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'4" wingspan, 7.6% body fat

18th pick: Rodney Hood - SF, 6-8, 208lbs, Duke, Sophomore, 21 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 42.0 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'8.5" wingspan, 7.5% body fat, 36-inch max vertical

27th pick: Shabazz Napier - PG, 6-1, 175lbs, Connecticut, Senior, 22 years old

2013-14 stats: 18.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.8 spg, 40.5 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'3.25" wingspan, 7.4% body fat, 37.5-inch max vertical

Tim Keeney - BleacherReport.com

14th pick: James Young - G/F, 6-7, 213lbs, Kentucky, Freshman, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 40.7 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'0" wingspan, 5.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: Jerami Grant - SF/PF, 6-8, 214lbs, Syracuse, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 49.6 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'3" wingspan, 3.8% body fat

27th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%

DraftExpress.com

14th pick: Gary Harris - SG, 6'4" 205lbs, Michigan State, Sophomore, 19 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 35.2 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'7" wingspan, 4.6% body fat

18th pick: Adreian Payne - F, 6-9, 239lbs, Michigan State, Senior, 23 years old

2013-14 stats: 16.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 42.3 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'4" wingspan, 7.6% body fat

27th pick: Jerami Grant - SF/PF, 6-8, 214lbs, Syracuse, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 12.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 49.6 FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'3" wingspan, 3.8% body fat

50th pick: Dwight Powell - PF, 6-11, 234lbs, Stanford, Senior, 22 years old

2013-14 stats: 14 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 46.2 FG% 25.6 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 7'.05" wingspan, 6.2% body fat, 35-inch max vertical


Scott Howard-Cooper - NBA.com

14th pick: Nik Stauskas - G, 6-7, 207lbs, Michigan, Sophomore, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 17.5 ppg, 3.3 apg, 44.2 3FG%

Draft Combine Measurements: 6'7.75" wingspan, 12.1% body fat, 35.5-inch max vertical

18th pick: Clint Capela - PF, 6-11, 222lbs, Switzerland, 20 years old

2013-14 stats: 9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 63.2 FG%

27th pick: Kristaps Porzingis - PF, 7-0, 220lbs, Latvia, 18 years old

2013-14 stats: 6.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 47.4 FG%, 30.2 3FG% 15.2mpg

Most Common Picks

14th pick: Stauskas, Young (2) Tie

18th pick: Warren, LaVine, Young, Hood, Grant, Payne, Capela (1) Tie

27th pick: Capela (3)

50th pick: Powell (by default)

Poll
What prospect interests you the most?

  620 votes | Results

We rolled out a mock draft roundup three days ago, but it’s worth adding to that on Tuesday considering four pretty important mocks were updated since. Nationally, Jonathan Givony of Draft...

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Strengths There’s nothing that stands out more than C.J. Wilcox’s ability to score the ball. While more highly-regarded wings such as Rodney Hood, K.J. McDaniels, James Young and T.J....

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The NBA loves big men who can shoot, and Adreian Payne is among the best stretch fours in the 2014 NBA Draft. How might he fit in Phoenix?

ADREIAN PAYNE

School: Michigan State

Position: Power Forward

Draft Range: Draft Express - 20NBA Draft Insider - 14

Stats

Measurables

  • Height: 6'9" without shoes; 6'9.75" in shoes
  • Weight: 239 pounds
  • Wingspan: 7'4"
  • Standing Reach: 9'1"

Combine Numbers

Did not participate due to mono, which he has been suffering from and playing through for a while. However, we don't need a combine test to know he can jump really high.

Shooting

Payne was not a shooter when he arrived at Michigan State, and attempted just three 3-pointers in his first two college seasons. However, he added the 3-ball to his game as a junior (16-42) and honed it into a real weapon as a senior (44-104). He is a stretch four with a reliable jumper out to the 3-point arc.

He has a bit of a slow release due to a big dip on his gather, but the form is consistent with the same release point and a smooth motion. He's not quite the catch-and-shoot threat that Channing Frye is with his high, quick release and ability to shoot over defenders, but defenses will have to respect his shooting prowess.

Payne made 1.4 3-pointers per game at a 42 percent clip, and he can be a very dangerous shooter as a trailer in transition. He's a good shooter, but his 3-point stroke is only a supplement to his game - not his main strength. I also believe his release could get quicker with some work, especially with the Suns.

Post Game

Payne has good touch around the basket with multiple post moves including a hook shot. His long arms and ability to elevate allow him to finish over the top of the defense. His shooting touch is evident in the post as well, as he favors turn-around and fadeaway jumpers in the post at times. Though he is skilled, his weak base makes it difficult for him to secure good post position near the basket against stronger players.

"You don't just want a stretch four guy that does nothing but shoot the ball. You want a guy that can go in the post some and play inside. And if teams want to play a smaller four, they can punish them inside. I think Adreian can do both of those things."

Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek after Payne's workout in Phoenix

Scoring Ability

Payne brings a lot of versatility with his physical ability and skill level.

He doesn't have as quick of a release as Frye, but he is capable of putting the ball on the ground once or twice to either get to the rim or hit the pull-up jumper, meaning it will be difficult for opponents to close out on him without getting blown by. He has good touch on his pull-up jumpers and his shots around the rim and is explosive as a finisher.

As a senior, his usage percentage shot way up while his offensive rating stayed consistent. His assists also went up, but his turnover rate is a bit higher than you would like.

Overall, Payne's ability to score in several different ways from different spots on the court is what makes him a valued commodity in this draft.

Rebounding

Payne is a solid yet unspectacular rebounder. He has a good motor to pursue rebounds, and his length and athleticism allow him to come down with balls in traffic and make a play on the ball even when he doesn't have great position. His lack of strength means he can get cleared out too easily at times.

He probably doesn't grab as many boards as his physical tools should allow him to. He is a respectable seventh among first round forward and center prospects in defensive rebound percentage (behind Noah Vonleh, Joel Embiid, Kyle Anderson, Julius Randle, Mitch McGary and Jabari Parker) at 22.9 percent, but is only 11th on the offensive end at 6.8 percent..

Payne should be able to hold his own, especially on the defensive glass, but don't expect him to be a double-double guy.

Defense

Payne isn't terrible by any means, but he isn't a great defender at this point either. His hops and long arms help him as a shot-blocker, but oddly enough his blocks dropped every season in college down to just 0.9 per game as a senior. His somewhat weak base can make it difficult for him to hold his ground in the post at times.

His bigger problem, though, is a lack of awareness. His understanding of and feel for the game on the defensive end isn't where it needs to be. He can get turned around, lose his man, fail to make the right rotation and end up just lost at times defensively.

Payne needs to continue to get stronger an work on his defensive fundamentals, and he's really going to need to be coached up, but he has the tools to be an effective defender, if not a game-changer.

Overall

Payne's steady progression year-to-year shows he is a hard worker who is willing to do what it takes to get better. He really rounded out his offensive game and can score at all three levels - behind the arc, from mid-range and in the paint. His versatility as a scorer means he will make his primary impact on the offensive end of the floor, but he has the tools to at the very least hold his own on the boards and defensively.

"Adreian is a nice combination of a guy that can step out and make shots on the perimeter. He moves his feet very well for a guy that size. He's pretty long as well but also wiry strong. I think he's best at facing the basket right now, but he's a guy you can see developing a back to the basket game as well. Obviously there's more room for improvement between 19 and 23, but there's a lot of guys that are pretty good players at 23 already, and he's one of them. You could draft a 19 year old guy who has the potential to be as good as him in four years, and the guy might never get there. He might never do what Adreian Payne has done. In terms of next years' Suns team, where we were a game away from the playoffs this year, it's easier to see a guy like that coming in and playing fairly early in his career."

- Suns GM Ryan McDonough

Payne is a high character player who has already faced and overcome a lot of adversity.

However, Payne is 23 years old and may not have much room for improvement left. Even more troubling, his lungs are smaller than they should be for a man of his size, which means he has problems with his stamina and playing at a high level for extended stretches. This could be part of the reason he doesn't rebound at a higher rate. This is something that I have no idea how to evaluate, but if the Suns pass on Payne my guess is his lung issue will have a lot to do with it. As our own Sean Sullivan noted, he struggled to make it through the Suns workout (though he is still recovering from mono as well).

Fit in Phoenix

Payne's skill set makes him a natural fit in Phoenix's system. He can step outside and space the floor for Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to penetrate, but he can serve as the roll man in the pick-and-roll and score inside as well when need be. He is a bit of a hybrid of Channing Frye and Markieff Morris, except he has freakish length and athleticism as well. Payne believes his versatility should allow him to fit in anywhere.

"I feel I can fit a bunch of styles of the NBA because I'm versatile and I can play inside out.  I can bring a lot of things. I can guard different positions, block shots, and be a presence of the floor."

- Adreian Payne

Payne might be my favorite non-Doug McDermott, non-top 8 prospect for Phoenix in this draft. If Payne isn't red-flagged because of his lungs, I'd be hard pressed to find a player that combines fit, talent and need at 14 or 18 as well as Payne.

Page 771 of 2081

771

Web Links

Sponsored Ads