The 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft is still(!) underway, with each SB Nation blogger making selections for their respective teams. Stop-N-Pop from Canis Hoopus, SB Nation's Minnesota Timberwolves blog, checks in to make the sixteenth overall selection (and second for his team) in this year's mock.
With the sixteenth overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NBA Mock Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves will rush to the podium to select James Anderson, shooting guard, Oklahoma State Cowboys.
SnP explains: The Wolves have eyes for Paul George, but baring a trade to move up and nab him, they'll have to settle for the Big 12 Player of the Year and the best shooter in this year's draft, James Anderson.
How a scorer of Anderson's caliber fall so far down most mock drafts is beyond baffling to me. The guy had the highest oRtg on OSU with a usage rate above 30%. He had a TS% of 60%. He doesn't turn the ball over and he gets to the line. He has legitimate size for 2 positions in the NBA. He has a mountain of experience with the pick-and-roll.
I get that he's not the best defender and not a workout marvel, but there's no reason why someone with his amount of skill shouldn't get a look at this point in the draft.
Ridiculous Upside reacts: I don't know how S-n-P went that explanation without mentioning the need for an offensive weapon to pair with an improving-but-still-not-good-on-offense Corey Brewer, but that's the reason I think this is a solid pick - even if it does seem like Anderson could randomly fall further than this.
Ridiculous Upside's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Luke Babbitt, F, Nevada. 2 - Hassan Whiteside, PF/C, Marshall. 3 - Gordon Hayward, SF, Butler. 4 - Damion James, SF, Texas. 5 - Solomon Alabi, C, Florida State.
Sound off, SB Nation! What say you of the Anderson-to-Minnesota pick?
And please, remember to check out Canis Hoopus for everything you need to know about the Wolves (including a look at their community draft board).