Former UCLA swingman Kyle Anderson has been one of the more intriguing pieces in the 2014 NBA Draft, simply because he has a diverse and unique skill set. With that in mind, Anderson has reportedly scheduled a workout with the Phoenix Suns, who happen to hold the most first round picks of any team in the upcoming draft.
Ex-UCLA guard-forward Kyle Anderson expected to workout for the Suns this week and have a second workout with the Hawks soon, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 17, 2014
Marc Spears of Yahoo reports that the 6-foot-9 Anderson will be evaluated by Phoenix (in addition to Atlanta, which had been previously expected), and the Suns currently possess the 14th, 18th and 27th overall selections. In the latest mock draft released by ESPN’s Chad Ford, Anderson slips a bit to the Miami Heat with the 26th overall pick, but there are some significant swings depending on which pundit you elect to follow, with NBADraft.net currently projecting him to the Boston Celtics with the 17th selection.
Despite his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame, Kyle Anderson is best known for his ball-handling and passing skills, which have drawn comparisons to NBA players such as Lamar Odom and Boris Diaw. However, non-traditional skill sets are often overlooked by certain pockets of NBA scouts, and as a result, the wide range of opinions on Anderson’s prospects isn’t exactly a surprise.
Phoenix and their highly-touted managerial and training staff could do wonders for a player like Anderson, and with three picks in the top-27, the Suns can likely afford to swing for the fences.