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.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7
Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.