The San Antonio Spurs announced they drafted Kyle Anderson from UCLA with the 30th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Spurs also acquired the rights to Serbian Nemanja Dangubic (picked 54th by the Philadelphia 76ers) in exchange for the 58th and 60th draft picks.
Anderson, 20, averaged 12.2 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 45.2 percent shooting in two seasons with the UCLA Bruins. In his second season, Anderson’s individual offensive rating (which measures points created per 100 possessions) spiked from 102.5 to 113.4 in his sophomore season.
He assisted on a team-high 34.3 percent of his teams field goals when he was on the floor. ESPN’s Jay Bilas said he was the “best passer in the draft.” Anderson was Draft Express’ 21st ranked prospect in this years draft class.
Anderson is a versatile small forward with ample shot creating panache — he’s a prototypical Spur that can potentially backup Kawhi Leonard for a few minutes a night. Defense may be an issue, but he has the measurable (a 7-feet-2 wingspan) to hang in against most backup level forwards.
See his full scouting video via Draft Express here.
Dangubic, 21, is a 6-feet-8 shooting guard who was a projected second-round pick, likely in the 40-60 range. He averaged 9.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and two assists in the Adriatic League.
Here’s his 2014 EuroCamp highlights, via Draft Express.