5 Reasons Why Kyle Anderson Made Right Choice Declaring For 2014 NBA Draft

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Reasons Kyle Anderson Made Right Choice Declaring

Kyle Anderson
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Kyle Anderson was the best player on a UCLA team that made it to the Sweet 16. At 6-foot-9, he is extremely smooth when he plays and makes everyone around him better. As a sophomore, he had the choice to stay in college for another year but has chosen to enter the NBA Draft instead. Here are five reasons he made the right call.

5. Draft Stock is High

Draft Stock is High
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5. Draft Stock is High

Draft Stock is High
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Anderson had a great Pac-12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament. He played well against NBA-caliber players including Aaron Gordon, and was one of the hottest players in the country down the stretch. He closed the season in incredible fashion, displaying his playmaking, rebounding and scoring abilities. It is unlikely that his stock will ever be as high as it is now.

4. Unique Skill Set

Unique Skill Set
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4. Unique Skill Set

Unique Skill Set
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No other player in the NBA Draft has Anderson’s unique skill set. At 6-foot-9 he can handle the ball, create for other players and his long arms allow him to rebound effectively. This skill set will surely attract teams that are curious about his potential as he has drawn comparisons to players such as Lamar Odom.

3. Youth

Youth
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3. Youth

Youth
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In a growing age with fewer seniors being picked in the lottery, Anderson’s decision to leave as a sophomore is smart. While unfair, teams have shown a bias towards picking a younger player with more potential as opposed to a player who can contribute right away.

2. Money

Money
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2. Money

Money
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Anderson should be picked in the first round and might even go in the lottery after the way he closed the season. This means that he will be given a guaranteed contract and the opportunity to earn lots of money. Anything can happen if he were to stay in college, including injuries or poor play, which may have dropped him to the second round.

1. Nothing Left to Prove

Nothing Left to Prove
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1. Nothing Left to Prove

Nothing Left to Prove
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There is little left for Anderson to prove if he were to stay at UCLA. If he did stay, UCLA would surely be considered title contenders, but winning the whole tournament is difficult, as evidenced by the number of No. 1 seeds left in this year’s bracket. In the NBA, he can focus on improving his speed and outside shooting, things that he can get away with at the collegiate level.