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March Madness: How Kyle Anderson Would Fit On The Lakers

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We continue our March Madness series as the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are played this weekend.

The UCLA Bruins aren’t a team loaded with NBA talent. They have three guys (Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson) who all have NBA potential, but this team doesn’t have one true star.

The leader of the Bruins all season has been Anderson. He has led the Bruins to the Sweet 16 and looks to help them upset number one overall seed, Florida.

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PROS:
Anderson has seen his stock rise like no one else in the NCAA tournament. From a top 25 pick to a possible lottery selection, the sophomore do-it-all talent has been outstanding.

He is a 6 foot 9 long, lengthy player who has tremendous instincts. While he doesn’t have a “true” position, he plays some 1 and 3 for the Bruins.

While not a pure scorer, Anderson has definitely had some big games this season in terms of scoring. He is averaging 14.7 points per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 49 percent from deep. Surprisingly, one of his biggest cons coming into this season was his lack of a jumper.

The biggest pro to his game might be his passing ability. Anderson can see above his defender on a nightly basis and always makes the right pass. If he is going to stay at the point, this will translate in a big way at the next level.

On the defensive side, “Slomo” is a willing rebounder averaging 8.7 a contest. He also has a block a night, so he seems to understand the importance of defense and uses his 7’2″ wingspan to help. A little under two steals as well.

CONS:
As you can tell by his nickname, he isn’t the quickest guy on the court.

His lack of “NBA athleticism” is one of the biggest reasons why he was a late first round pick to many, but the way he does everything else makes GM’s still want him.

Other than his speed and quickness, Anderson won’t jump out of the gym and needs to put on muscle to his frame.

Although the jumper has been falling this year, he needs to be more confident in it and shoot it on a consistent basis.

OVERALL OUTLOOK:
Anderson seems to keep improving with every game. He was a top recruit coming out of New Jersey and is a real joy to watch.

The Lakers probably will have a top 5 pick, and Anderson just won’t have the same impact as those elite guys.

If the Lakers somehow drop to a pick in the 9-12 range, Anderson wouldn’t be a bad choice. He is in that Lamar Odom role where he can come in and play some point or slide over to the small forward spot and be a real play maker for the Lakers.

He would play well and understand his role on the team, but at the end of the day, probably isn’t a guy that is going to change a franchise when Kobe leaves.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am a big fan of UCLA so forgive me if i say too many nice things about Kyle Anderson lol ha ha ha.Great kid with a knack for making plays throughout the entire game.

    He plays hard and yet moves in slow motion the whole time but he gets the job done and the Magic Johnson comparison is ridiculous because Magic Johnson is a 5 time NBA champion and a Hall Of Fame player that is perhaps the greatest Lakers player ever.Kyle Anderson is sensational but the Magic Johnson talk has no merit since Kyle is only 20 years old and has never played in a NBA game yet and he is just himself that’s it damn it lol ha ha ha.Just to be fair Kyle Anderson is a great player in college and he admires Magic Johnson but he is just trying to win a NCAA Championship for UCLA nothing else right now.

    I am sure he would fit with any team,he is that good tbh.I think Mike D’Antoni will be fired at the end of the season and we shall see what the Lakers roster looks like since we have 12 upcoming free agents currently on the team and also Kobe is coming back next season all that will factor in on how a player like Kyle Anderson could fit.I would love the Lakers to draft Slow Mo.But i have other players ahead of him you know Wiggins,Exum,Jabari,Randle,Smart,Gordon,Joel.

  • jeremy

    I would love Anderson but right now I don’t think he a top 10 pick and that where the lakers will pick. But who ever gets him will have a very talented player who can shoot and pass he could be the next odom with better passing skills. Maybe even a better player then a odom type player

  • Kay Carter

    will like to see him progress to a magic player, rare to see a point guard his size…..if we dont fall in the top 5 we should def. take a look at him

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