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Dallas Mavericks 2014 NBA Draft: Kyle Anderson Profile

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The Dallas Mavericks could use a player that is versatile enough to cause matchup problems for their opponents. At 6’9″, Kyle Anderson out of UCLA could be just the player the Mavs need. Despite being a small forward in size, Anderson has handles like a point guard and an offense with him and Jose Calderon could be extremely efficient and fun to watch.

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Anderson did not exceed expectations when he came to UCLA as a high recruit, but his game projects better in the NBA than in college. Anderson has a nice stroke and that trait alone is one that NBA teams look for. Anderson reminds me of Kevin Durant in terms of his ability to shoot over his defender and beat his defender off the dribble as well.

With Dirk Nowitzki having to make a decision in free agency, the Mavs need to retool and bring in pieces that could make a difference. In his rookie season, Anderson will most likely come off the bench, but it shouldn’t be long until he makes his way into the starting lineup. Anderson has the ability to be a double-digit scorer and he has the ability to be a versatile, lengthy defender. With the 34th pick, the Mavs should look into drafting Anderson. It could help their short-term and long-term future.

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