A player deservedly nicknamed “Slow-mo” probably doesn’t have a great chance of being drafted for the NBA – unless he does everything else right.
Kyle Anderson might be doing everything else right, including giving us a chance to test the the theory this year.
Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog:
UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson will declare for the NBA Draft, his father has told SNY.tv.
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Anderson should be a first-round pick.
He averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game as a UCLA sophomore. For what he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for in production.
The 6-foot-9 point forward likely must adjust to a position change, becoming more a true forward who passes well for a three, but Anderson has shown an ability to adjust.
After making 21 percent of his 3-pointers last season, he made 48 percent this year. NBA decision-makers will surely be looking closely at that skill during individual workouts to ensure it’s not a fluke. If it doesn’t appear to be, that could really have Anderson rising into the top half of the first round.
Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.
He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:
In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”
“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.
The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.
Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.
Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.
General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.
McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.