The newest Spur comes to us by way of UCLA, with the 30th pick of an NBA Draft that's been universally agreed to be one of the deepest in years. While we at PtR have written a few things, here and there, about Mr. Anderson and his talents, I thought it would be fun to take a look outside our humble blog. Here are choice tidbits for those who are interested in learning more about the man they call Slow-Mo.
First there's this, from the people at Bruins Nation who've watched his whole college career. IE Angel responds to those who've said he might be too slow to be successful at the next level, or really anyone who thinks they know what he's going to do at the next level:
Anybody who claims to know how Kyle Anderson is going to perform in the NBA is insane because there haven't been any players like him in the NBA before. He could develop into a player similar to Lamar Odom, exploiting size mismatches as a point forward. He could be completely overwhelmed by being defended and having to attack against players far more athletic than him and end up as a borderline rotation player. He could be a poor man's Magic Johnson and be an All-Star a few times as a 6'8" point guard.
R.C. Buford gave a fun interview on draft night, talked about Anderson quite a bit, and joked about having tried to trade Tim Duncan to move up in the draft.
While this is audio-only, it's an excellent Q&A with Anderson from draft night that gives a really good first look at the way he handles the media.
Then there's SBNation's draft grades, where Tyler Lashbrook gives the pick a B for upside, an A for fit, and a B for immediate impact.
Finally, in case you missed it, here's the incredibly thorough scouting report on Anderson from DraftExpress.
If you find anything else worthwhile, let me know in the comments and I'll include it.