James Anderson (Oklahoma State)
6'6, 220 lbs., SG
Anderson has a unique ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor. As a Freshman, Anderson came onto the scene as a 3 point sniper, but he's developed his overall scoring skills as his collegiate career has progressed. Anderson has a chiseled frame and good straight line speed, he uses screens effectively to slip defenders and create open shots. Overall, he is one of the best pure scorer in the draft.
At 6'6 he is not the most fluid athlete, but plays with a non-stop motor. As the focal point at Oklahoma State, Anderson scored efficiently; especially with twos and by creating fouls. However, Anderson's specialty is the three point shot and ability to curl off screens for jumpers. His percentages this season are misleading due to the amount of difficult threes he took every game and his role in the Oklahoma State offense.
This year, Anderson added a little bit of a post-up game mainly with fade-away jumpers, or a ball fake, dribble, and pull up for a jumper. Anderson, at times, can take out-of-control shots after dribbling too much. Improving his handles is imperative to play on the next level, as is improving his shot selection as he shifts from primary scorer to role player.
The problem for Anderson will be his ability to guard two-guards or small-forwards at the next level as he's methodical and robotic when playing defense. To further explain, Anderson is not quick enough to guard slashing players and always comes out on the offensive players upright allowing them to blow past him regularly. If he is able to adjust his footwork and use his body a little better, he has the chance to be an average defender with decent athleticism.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Overall, Anderson is a pure shooter from everywhere on the floor and should be a mainstay in the NBA for a while. Anderson could be more than just a shooter in the NBA if he learns to use his athleticism defensively and can improve his ball handling. Right now, I would take him over Henry as he shows more athleticism, the ability to score as the main threat, and shows at least limited handles to keep defenders honest. If he maximizes his potential, his game seems to emulate Michael Redd with the possibility to defend. If he does not, he at least presents a great 6th man option as a scorer off the bench.
How would his game fit for the Bulls?
Right now it is realistic enough that he could be available at pick 17 for the Bulls. He would fit well next to Rose as a shooter and would bring a dimension to the Bulls that they sorely need. He would be my third choice behind Ekpe Udoh and Paul George due to their upside, but he is a much safer pick.