In preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat will soon work out UCLA stand out point forward Kyle Anderson.
Sources: Heat expected to bring in Kyle Anderson, C.J. Wilcox, Joe Harris, Jordan Bachynski & Markel Brown in for workouts today. #NBADraft
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Anderson is an interesting prospect. Standing at 6-foot-9, Anderson is caught between point guard and small forward and in this Miami Heat offense, Anderson would be able to play both roles as the team has adopted a position-less offense. Think of him as a possible Boris Diaw replicate, but more so the guy we saw in Atlanta and Phoenix rather than in San Antonio. With his ability to move the ball, create for others, and hit the open three, Defense would be an issue. Despite being 6’9, Anderson isn’t the fastest guy on the block, and that’s an issue as Miami’s blitz defense has been key in their success over the last few years.
In their top 100 prospect rankings, noted draft site Draft Express has Kyle Anderson ranked 25th overall and in their latest mock draft he’s selected by Houston at 25.
If Anderson is high on Miami’s draft board, they’ll have to do a lot of praying and wishing as Anderson is a coveted draft prospect thanks to his versatility. We’ve seen crazier things happen in drafts, but the odds of Anderson dropping to the 26th pick of the NBA Draft without a red flag on personality and health is unlikely.
In his final season at UCLA, Anderson averaged 14.6 points on 48 percent shooting, 8.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assist per game while boasting a Player Efficiency Rating of 24.7.