According to MassLive's Jay King, UCLA's 6'8 230 lb wing Kyle Anderson stood out amongst others during pre-draft workouts on Monday.
Word from Celtics workout is that Kyle Anderson stood out, but all fared well - TJ Warren, PJ Hairston, C Early, D Daniels, KJ McDaniels.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 3, 2014
However, when asked for specifics, director of player personnel Austin Ainge was expectedly confidential:
"There are some guys that we liked more than we did coming in. And we learned some thing," he said, only chuckling when one reporter asked if he cared to share.
"I guess (the Celtics look for) all the things that separate a player," Ainge added. "There's no magic for a workout. We try to put them in situations where they make reads, and we can test their basketball IQ. And then different tests of skill and athleticism. But really it's having our coaches on the floor, putting them in situations where we can see how well they learn and adapt. Because those are things that we don;t get to see all the time during regular games, how many reps in practice they needed to be able to learn how to do that."
It's interesting to note the success of UCLA products that have entered the NBA in recent years, especially those who fell in the draft:
In 2009, Jrue Holiday was drafted 17th by the Sixers after James Johnson, Austin Daye, Earl Clark, Terrence Williams, and Hasheem Thabeet. Darren Collison was drafted only a few picks later only a few picks later at 21. In the 2007 NBA draft, Arron Afflalo was not drafted until the 27th pick after Jason Smith, Daequan Cook, Javaris Crittenton, Morris Almond, Al Thornton, and Acie Law among others.
Kyle Anderson played the Pierce-esque role of point-forward for UCLA, demonstrating excellent passing skills, and great rebounding abilities. He has even earned the nickname Slo-Mo for the meandering steps he takes to the hole. Ainge acknowledged the rare combination of skills Anderson provides, pointing out his ability to play lead guard on offense, and power forward on the opposite end. Austin Gill 6/03/2014 08:07:00 PM Tweet Edit