The San Antonio Spurs, fresh off of winning the 2014 NBA Championship, had the last pick of the first round in the 2014 NBA Draft. While there was always going to be value at that spot, the Spurs are a team that have made a living off of getting sleeper picks late in the first and in the second round. They’ve done it again by selecting Kyle Anderson with the 30th overall pick.
Anderson has a fantastic frame at the small forward position, measuring at 6’8” with shoes on and boasting a wingspan over 7’2” long. He doesn’t have great athleticism, but he’s the type of player that plays off of terrific instincts and that does a ton of things well.
Last year as a sophomore with UCLA, Anderson put up 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting a reliable 48 percent from the floor. He didn’t wow anyone in any one way, but he got the job done again and again for the Bruins in a variety of ways.
It seems like the ideal match that Anderson would land on the Spurs. The Spurs create shooters by giving them open looks and Anderson has shown he can knock down open jumpers. The Spurs love to have versatile players on the wing that play within themselves, but can also handle the ball, defend, and rebound; Anderson does all of those things well from the position.
Though Kawhi Leonard is the budding star that will likely be ahead of Anderson in the rotation, Anderson is a guy with the potential to make the Spurs’ even more dangerous. He’s almost like a middle-class man’s Leonard, meaning that Leonard can go to the bench and San Antonio won’t miss his impact because Anderson will be able to give them a comparable effort. You can liken his impact also to that of Boris Diaw due to his ability to contribute all over the floor. For both the Spurs and Anderson, this seems destined to work out well.