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Houston Rockets Draft Day: The Perfect Fit

By Anthony Nguyen
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Mar 12, 2015; Greensboro, NC, USA; Virginia Cavaliers forward Anthony Gill (13) and guard Justin Anderson (1) and guard Marial Shayok (4) celebrate from the bench against the Florida State Seminoles in the second half during the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. The Virginia Cavaliers won 58-44. Mandatory Credit: Evan Pike-USA TODAY Sports

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General Managers around the league have described Justin as a ” 3 and D” (a player who excels on the defensive end while being a exceptional 3 point shooter) type of player. Anderson himself has compared his game to Danny Green acknowledging the label he has from GM’s showing an understanding of his strengths and weaknesses.

Offensively Justin is a player who doesn’t need to have the ball in his hands or have plays ran for him to effect a game. With his insane athleticism and knack for being around the ball, Anderson has the potential to cause a lot of havoc around the rim off second chance opportunities.

Virginia’s offensive tempo ranked 349th out of 351 Division 1 teams per Kenpom. The slow paced offense of the Cavaliers I feel limited Anderson’s offensive potential.

With such athleticism and IQ, if Justin were to be drafted by the Rockets his transition into Houston’s desire to get up and down the floor on offense would be seamless.

Anderson is a player with all the tools to be the Glue Guy that every NBA roster desires. His attributes describe everything the Houston Rockets are as a whole; long, athletic, a tenacious defender and the ability to knock down the open 3.

With an already established roster, drafting an energy player with the ability to contribute since day 1 off the bench would be a step forward for the Rockets.

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