In the 2015 NBA Draft, Justin Anderson was selected 21st by the Dallas Mavericks. Anderson played his college ball at the University of Virginia where he was named second-team All-ACC and third-team All-American in his final year. He spent three years at Virginia. In his first two seasons, he played off the bench and won the ACC Sixth Man of the Year award in his sophomore year (2013-2014). After Joe Harris graduated, Anderson became a starter in his junior year (2014-2015). However, injury struck the promising young player. He suffered a broken finger against Louisville and had to have an appendectomy. He missed the final eight regular season games but returned to play in the ACC Tournament. In his three seasons at Virginia, he averaged 7.6, 7.8, 12.2 points per game.
Graphic via si
At 6-6, Anderson is a superior defender who can guard multiple positions. His athleticism will allow him to blend in well with Dallas’s high speed offense and his excellent three point shooting abilities will make him an integral part of Dallas’s team. However, he will need to work on his playmaking abilities as he has a tendency to turn the ball over too often.
Expect Anderson to have an immediate impact on Dallas’s team. He will probably start the season as a bench player, but he may make his way into the starting lineup. A sweet shooting stroke and his tenacious defense will make him a favorite of the coach, Rick Carlisle. His stroke will provide them with much needed floor spacing that they have not seen since Jason Terry and he should complement Chandler Parsons very well in the flow of Dallas’s offense.
Graphic via bleacherreport