One of the most prolific scorers of any position this year, James Anderson nicely developed his game over the past two years, taking on a leadership role to go along with his outstanding shooting ability.
At 6’6”, he’s the prototypical NBA shooting guard: strong, athletic, quick-release on the shot, limitless range, and the capability to take a game over.
Despite scoring in double-figures every single game and being a solid rebounder for his position, Anderson has fallen down draft boards after his performance in the NCAA Tournament (3-for-12 FG, 11 pts, 3 turnovers, minimal impact in loss to Georgia Tech).
Odds are he falls mid-to-late first round. But there’s no reason to think he can’t be a quality contributor off the bench, or maybe even in the starting five. And if he falls to the right team, they’ll be adding a sneaky-good scorer and teammate.
NBA Position: SG
Weight: 200 lbs.
School: Oklahoma State
The best pure shooter in this draft. He has a Ray Allen/Rip Hamilton-like ability to use screens to perfectly set up defenders and give himself just enough room to squeeze off his shot.
Fundamentally, his shot is just about flawless. He keeps his shoulders square to the hoop, uses his legs to get great extension, and has a high, quick release, something that will be invaluable when going up against better athletes and defenders.
He’s a career 46 percent shooter from the field and averaged nearly 18 points per game during his three years at Oklahoma State. He can get his shot off from anywhere on the floor, though he does get a little bit three happy at times.
You also have to take into account that opposing defenses were geared to stop him in his junior campaign, since he was the main scoring option for the Cowboys. He still averaged 22.3 points per game and got his shots whenever he needed.
While he’s more comfortable coming off screens, he has the ability to attack off the dribble. He’s not an explosive finisher at the rim, but he can pull-up quickly and get his shot off.
Even though he has the ideal size and frame for an NBA shooting guard, he’s not a great athlete. In isolation situations, he has trouble creating his own shot at times, especially when tagged with a lengthy defender.
He doesn’t get a great first step and that will slow him down. Teams will be much more likely to fly out to him on the perimeter and make him put the ball on the floor to score. He has the ability to do so, but it’s clearly not his best asset.
He also gets easily frustrated and takes bad shots, much like he did in Oklahoma State’s NCAA Tournament game against Georgia Tech.
Defensively, he didn’t make very many strides from freshman to junior year. He’s still an average at best player on that end of the floor—he’s not that quick from side-to-side and doesn’t challenge shots as often as he should.
NBA Comparison: Marcus Thornton
Draft Projection: Late first-round