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Report: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson entering NBA draft


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

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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.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.