After an incredible Virginia Cavaliers basketball season that resulted in an ACC regular season championship, Justin Anderson is two days away from being selected in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft.
On June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Anderson is expected to go in the last third of picks, approximately between Nos. 20-30 overall. Cavalier fans can use Hipmunk.com to reserveNew York City flights to attend the Barclays Center to support an integral part of the Virginia basketball program over the past few seasons. Brooklyn hotels can be booked through Hipmunk as well for those wanting to enjoy a weekend away in the big city.
According to TiqIQ.com, NBA Draft tickets on the secondary market have stretched over the $100-mark, with an average price of $103.10 and a get-in price of $51 as of June 23.
The 6’6”, 228-pound guard was always considered an athlete. But after endless work to his shooting stroke, things all came together during his junior season at Virginia when he was knocking down over 50 percent of his three-point attempts, before breaking his finger and missing considerable time as a result. Anderson is deemed NBA-ready on defense, and will able to handle at least two positions on the floor — possibly three if a smaller forward is on the court.
The largest question concerning Anderson’s game is if the hard work put into the mechanics of his shooting form will stay intact. The bright side to that equation is that if his shot falls off for periods of time, he’ll still be one of the better athletes on the floor, capable of being a team’s best defender. If the three-point shot is falling, Anderson can be a pivotal player for any club on both ends of the floor.
Although the financial impact isn’t as friendly, the positive of being selected in the back-third of the first round is that the better NBA teams are selecting in those spots. Sports Illustrated’s mock draft has Anderson being selected No. 24 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, while CBS Sports’ three analysts have Anderson being selected by the Cavs, and at No. 21 by the Dallas Mavericks.
This will be the second consecutive season Virginia will have a player selected in the NBA Draft, as Joe Harris was selected with the 33rd pick last season, coincidentally by Cleveland.