2014 NBA Draft: Grading each team’s draft

Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view as basketball fans walk past a sculpture before the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view as basketball fans walk past a sculpture before the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; UCLA Bruins guard/forward Kyle Anderson (5) stretches prior to the semifinals game against the Florida Gators during the south regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; UCLA Bruins guard/forward Kyle Anderson (5) stretches prior to the semifinals game against the Florida Gators during the south regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports /

San Antonio Spurs

From the moment that former UCLA forward Kyle Anderson began sliding, there was palpable fear among fans of certain teams in the NBA. The reason for that fear was that he would end up with the San Antonio Spurs, and that is exactly where Anderson landed with the 30th overall pick.

The 6-foot-9 Anderson has drawn comparisons to San Antonio’s Boris Diaw throughout the process, and the similarities are scary. Many have forgotten that Diaw was originally selected as a point guard by the Atlanta Hawks (Billy Knight, everybody!) because of his vision and passing ability, and Anderson has that distributor’s mentality despite a lumbering, 6-foot-9 frame. “Fit” will be interesting in the Spurs system, but everyone trusts Gregg Popovich, and he will almost assuredly extract maximum value from Kyle Anderson’s game.

Grade: A