With the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks have taken junior swingman Justin Anderson. Anderson is a tough, athletic wing who improved mightily from the perimeter this past season, and he’ll be a nice player for Rick Carlisle.
At 6-6, 230 pounds with a near 7-foot wingspan, Anderson has the size and athleticism to play either wing position in the NBA. His three-point shooting ability increased to 45.2 percent as a junior, up from 30 percent his first two seasons. Anderson is an NBA athlete, and he showed it with a 43-inch vertical leap at the Draft Combine.
However, Anderson lacks the sufficient handle and an in-between game. He’ll need to extend his newly efficient three-point shot to the longer NBA line in order to keep defenses honest. He also struggles to get teammates involved on offense, evidenced by his 1.8 assist per game average.
Anderson will be a fixture off the bench immediately thanks to his perimeter defense and shooting ability. If he can round out his overall skill set, he has a chance to become a starter in the league at either wing position.
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2014-15 stats: 12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg (46.6 FG%, 45.9 3P%, 78.0 FT%)