The 2020 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Cole Anthony 2020 NBA Draft Profile.
Position: Point Guard
Size: 6-foot-3, 183 pounds
School: North Carolina
Anthony has NBA bloodlines, as his dad, Greg Anthony, was a star point guard at UNLV and played 12 seasons in the pros. Cole Anthony may not have had as good of a college career, but looks like he will have a long NBA career ahead of him.
As one of the most heavily recruited players in the country, Anthony could’ve gone anywhere to play and chose to play for North Carolina. He had a knee injury and missed time, but still played 22 games. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. The Tar Heels had a rough season and would’ve missed the NCAA Tournament if it happened.
After the season, Anthony decided to leave college and enter his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. He is currently projected to be a top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Anthony can create his own shot as well as anybody in this class. He sizes up the player defending him and can create space to shot or plan his attack to get to the basket. His ability to pull up from deep, mid-range or go all the way to the basket and finish makes him a unique offensive threat in this draft class.
His ball-handling and quickness help him in a variety of ways. Not only can he create his own shot, but he can push the ball in transition very well. His first step is very quick, which sets him up for success. Anthony will be able to break down defenses, but he should also be able to develop into a solid defender because of his quickness and speed.
He is a very confident offensive player, which usually works to his advantage. Anthony isn’t afraid to pull up from deep and sometimes that results in some really long shots. This isn’t a bad thing though, as he hit a decent percentage of his shots from 3-point range. He was a 34.8 percent shooter from deep. When taking into account that Anthony was North Carolina’s only big offensive perimeter threat, his percentage is great.
As mentioned, his confidence is usually a good thing, but there are some negatives to it. He oftentimes throws up some really tough shots that are contested. Other times he shoots from very deep when a higher percentage shot was on the table. His confidence needs to stay with him, but his first NBA coach needs to keep him in check.
He has good assist numbers, but Anthony could move the ball more for the offense. His 4.0 assists per game are solid. The problem is that he can hold on the ball for way too long. He needs to get his teammates more involved in the NBA or defenses will collapse on him. The NBA isn’t the isolation league it once was and Anthony needs to adjust his game.
Anthony is very aggressive, which leads to some turnovers. His 4.0-3.5 assist to turnover ratio has to improve in the NBA or he can’t be the main ball-handler on the floor. Anthony is over-ambitious with his passes and can dribble too much, which leads to these turnovers. Cutting down on turnovers should be his top priority if he wants to handle the ball more often.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 pick
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