After capturing the NBA Championship in June with a dominating, five-game series win over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs got a bit of bad news. In early July, they found out backup point guard Patty Mills, who performed very well for the Spurs last season, would miss about seven months with a shoulder injury.
This news came on the heels of the Spurs picking former UCLA Bruins’ forward Kyle Anderson with the 30th-overall pick in the first round of June’s 2014 NBA Draft.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes Anderson could help fill the backup point guard role while Mills rehabs.
I think Mills is slated to be out through January, but I actually think the Spurs will find a way to manage during his absence. Popovich did a really good job of priming Cory Joseph last season, and I expect him to use him again. Kyle Anderson was a fantastic pick for San Antonio, and totally a “Spurs” pick. I see him as eventually running a bit of point-forward for them similar to the way Diaw has been used for the past couple seasons. As long as he settles in and learns the system, he seems like a guy Pop and staff will look to develop.
Anderson measured in at 6’8.5 and 230 lbs. with a wingspan of 7’2.75. He put up 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 48.0% from the field, 48.3% from beyond the arc and 73.7% from the free throw last season. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express ranked Anderson as the 21st-best prospect in the draft.