If you was a GM and you drafted Kyle Anderson what position would you play him at.
If it was me i will make him my PG because he will be a matchup problem every night. He is 6'7 so he will get his shot over any PG and he has a very high basketball IQ. He will be a triple double threat every night. As he get older he will get stonger and faster which will make him even better.
He's something of a prime Hedo Turkoglu with better handles and a worse offensive game. It's not like he is a great passer, to me he is as much of a PG as, say, Dario Saric or Turkoglu or Paul Pierce, but he is slower and has close to none offensive moves.
Right now I don't see him as an NBA player, he's got great ball-handling skills for a 6'9 guy, but he has to develop A LOT. Maybe in 2-3 years at UCLA he can become NBA material
He needs to work on his body but at this day in age, I dont think guys are position oriented, you got bigs and smalls
some teams throw out 2 bigs and 3 smalls, 3 bigs 2 smalls, 4 smalls 1 big, 5 smalls, 5 bigs
Anderson has great versatility but whats his upside, Penny Hardaway, Evan Turner, Shaun Livingston, Joe Johnson........what type of player does he want to become thats how you play him
I like Kyle at the PG spot he reminds me of Shaun Livingston before the gruesome injury. He has the ball-handling skills to play point. With his length he will affect the game on the defensive side of the ball. I really hope he adds a post game
Kyle is like Jalen Rose in the fact that he can be a great PG on the college level because of his physical size, ballhandling and shooting.....but like Rose, he is not an NBA PG or SG. On the next level, he is a SF. I like the Hedo comparison as far as his game style.
Charlie Sheen, I dont see the comparison to any of the players you mentioned, they all are adept at playing in the backcourt.
He's a point-forward. I don't think he can guard the quicker point guards at the NBA-level. He still needs to bulk up a bit though, stronger small-forwards like James, Iguodala, Melo, Pierce, and Granger would feast on him in the post.
I would draft him as a SF,
Have to be honest, Im not sure Kyle Anderson is a PG b/c to me he just doesn't play like one at all, sure he has some handles, but so do other players who a not listed as a PG, I just have not seen the PG in this dude; he don't do a lot of creating for others or control tempo (not fast tempo anyway), but just looks like a guy at the top of the key with the ball
When I watch him play, I see him as a SF, I would like to know how good of a shooter he is beyond the arc. I know he can hit the short jumper while driving to the basket
What Im waiting for is to see if Kyle and Shabazz can coexist b/c just looking at their styles of play I don't see these two getting along very well on court...I could be wrong though (great coaching could solve this), I will just have to wait and see
I remember people saying that Magic was similar to Kyle in that he was considered as lacking athleticism. Still, Magic could push the tempo with the best of them and ran incredibly well. Kyle is called "Slo-mo" for a reason. He may have a great handle, can get to his spots and rarely loses the ball, but he is not exactly a transition terror. When he is on the floor, the game's pace tends to slow down. Can he take the ball up the court in the NBA? Yes, he can, but you do not want him to do it consistently in a league that generally kills teams that play slow.
At the NBA level, I see little way that Kyle would be defended by PG's and even less of a way that he would not be completely burned by them. He honestly has PF attributes as far as height and length, but even than he has a skill set that more than likely will keep him on the wing. I see him as a definite NBA 3 and think that his being a NBA PG would more than likely be a mistake for whatever team takes that gamble. I think that the original poster has hit on the strengths of having Kyle as a PG while leaving out the many more weaknesses that have so many people questioning his position at the NBA level. I am a Kyle Anderson fan, but the NBA's tempo I think incredibly limits his likely effectiveness as a PG at that level.
Remember when Boris Diaw was like 205 not 240 when he played some point forward, thats who he reminds me of, Im no expert having only seen him play like twice and some clips.
He's better suited as a sf in my opinion. I remember reading an article that he played pg all his high school caree until he asked his coach to play the 3 and when he did he was scoring a lot more and showed some match up problems because of his Point-Forward ability. Granted, it is the High School level, but even so, still shows something.
He does remind me a lot of Shaun Livingston/Julian Wright at the same stage with the playmaking abilities he has. Still wondering how UCLA managed to pull a recruit from the East Coast (head scratcher). I like him at the 1, but I don't know how that will hold up at the collegiate level. We all know the vision is there running the break on the full court, can he run an offense in the halfcourt set? The height and skillset is there, but can he manage to run a show at a slower pace?
I'm not really sure how any of us can sit here and say what position Kyle Anderson will be playing at the NBA level because we haven't even seen him play at the college level yet. Just because you could handle the ball in high school does not mean that you will be just as good in college. I remember Devin Ebanks had a handle and jump shot in high school but he has shown neither at the college or pro level. I'm not saying Anderson can't, but he has to at least prove he can do something in college before I even consider what he can do against pros.
"Just because you could handle the ball in high school does not mean that you will be just as good in college. I remember Devin Ebanks had a handle and jump shot in high school but he has shown neither at the college or pro level. I'm not saying Anderson can't, but he has to at least prove he can do something in college before I even consider what he can do against pros."-apb540
Julian Wright in 2005 you just described. If you can revert back to the 2005 McDonald's All American Game.
I would play him at Center in the Special Olympics.
I don't have a perfect memory of him in 2005 but I do remember enough to see what you're saying. I'm sure there are quite a few prospects like this.
Julian Wright didn't have the handles Kyle does and I rarely see him turn it over... (yesterday he had tape on his hand) Plus Wright doesn't pass the way Kyle does either...
The issue here is that if he IS a SF then he wouldn't be an efficient player... The mismatch would be him playing point... Dude is 6'9 and have a 7'2 wing span... Can grab rebounds and cause havoc on smaller wing players defensively...
I said this yesterday... He's about a year or 2 away from being a really good NBA player... Need to work on his conditioning... He can bulk up a lil but I think it would hender his already slow mobility... The biggest thing for him is his conditioning though... Then his jumper need to get better... Last but not least PACE... As mentioned above Magic wasn't that fast either but he understood pace... Something the Kyle seem to not understand... That has nothing to do with speed its more about conditioning... Everytime I've watched Kyle he's gasping for air which tells me he smokes a lot or not in good basketball shape... I look at his body, he's frail but it's fat more than muscle... Hopefully UCLA has good trainers because dude needs it...
"Julian Wright didn't have the handles Kyle does and I rarely see him turn it over... (yesterday he had tape on his hand) Plus Wright doesn't pass the way Kyle does either"-tuck243
Again watch the 2005 McDonald's Game if you can. He is more Wright at that stage, than any player you could compare him to right now.
BTW Wright's handle was exceptional back then to be a 6'8" SF who many thought would move over to the PG spot including former Blue Devil Jay Williams. He's a PG so that has to speak volumes on Wright's ball handling ability at the time.
you have a link??? Its not on YouTube...
"I don't have a perfect memory of him in 2005 but I do remember enough to see what you're saying. I'm sure there are quite a few prospects like this."-apb540
They come once in a blue moon buddy. It's crazy because I drool over these breed of prospects. Julian was going to change the game if Self would have played him at the 1.
All I have is my tape from when I recorded. Couple days from now if I can find it I will upload on YouTube myself.
If he lives up to his college hype at all and ends up a lottery pick, you at least try him as the 1 to see if he can handle it since he'd be such a huge advantage. I see a lot of Jalen in him, but think it's always worth a shot to see if you have the one in a million huge 1.
It never works out that way, because Julian Wright would have been the "it" guy.
Kyle can definitely play PG in college in the right system. PG is not really that hard to play in college if you have pure talent. Sometimes, its a case of mismatch. Some players can dominate certain level of competition due to physical stature. Kyle can be a dominant college PG...like Jalen Rose, Tyreke Evans, etc...but just like those guys...it will look good at the college level but it just wont work in the NBA.
We can go on and on and name guys like OJ Mayo, Lance Stephenson, even Shabazz Muhammad (on the Nike Hoop Summit he classified himself as a "combo guard") have sooooo much talent that they can play PG and their teams wouldnt suck on the college level (depending on the style and system). When you hit the NBA, its a whole different story. Reke plays a lot of SF now, just like Jalen Rose did. Talent allows you do get away with certain things and certain levels but not in the NBA.
I think we are still looking for another Magic Johnson....give it up. Kyle Anderson (like Lebron to a degree) is a guy who is 6'8" who can play "some" point guard. Magic was a PG that happened to be 6'9". Thats a huge difference.