Utah Jazz Draft Profiles: Justin Anderson

The last two years Dennis has traded the Jazz into the back end of the first round, picking up solid building blocks in Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood. If the Jazz trade into the bottom of the first round once again or trade down from their number 12 spot, Virginia’s Justin Anderson is a valuable prospect that could be available.


Anderson is incredibly quick and strong for his position. These physical tools combined with his 6’11” wing span and vertical athleticism give Anderson uncapped defensive potential.

As a 45 percent shooter behind the three point line last year at Virginia, Anderson has a sweet stroke and good mechanics.

With his size, strength and athleticism Anderson is a versatile defender who can guard positions 1 through 3 and can even guard 4’s in a pinch.

He uses his physical abilities to get out in transition and catch the defense out of position.


Anderson’s handle is shaky at best, which makes it hard for him to take players off the dribble.

At times he uses his physical tools to make up for defensive lapses. This will become a problem in the NBA if he doesn’t improve his fundamentals.

Although he was one of the best wing defenders in the country, his low steal and block rates are somewhat worrisome. However many attribute the deficiencies to Virginia’s defensive system.

He was a very streaky shooter in college and only became an elite shooter this last year. If his jump-shot regresses his offensive game will be in trouble.


The Jazz desperately need a player who can make open 3’s and play defense as a Bruce Bowen type player in their San Antonio-esque system, Anderson could fill this role nicely.

On a team without many great athletes, Anderson would be a welcome addition.

Anderson’s physical tools refined by Snyder’s defensive prowess would likely create an elite NBA defender to supplement an elite defense.

With players like Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood and Alec Burkes to focus on defenses will frequently leave Anderson open. Anderson excels at hitting open shots.

Overall, Anderson brings a great deal of potential as a three and d role player (not to be confused with D and D role playing) and could become a force off the Jazz bench.

Frank Kaminsky     Kevon Looney     Devin Booker     Myles Turner     Sam Dekker     Trey Lyles

R.J. Hunter     Bobby Portis     Kelly Oubre     Stanley Johnson     Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Cameron Payne

Information courtesy of:

Draft Express



Utah Jazz Draft Profiles: Stanley Johnson,


At with a 6’11” wingspan and 242 lbs of basketball player, Stanley Johnson is beast physically and won’t encounter any of the strength problems that players like Dante Exum and R.J. Hunter have/ will have.

With elite strength, length and quickness Johnson has unlimited defensive potential (some have compared him to Kawhi Leonard).

Johnson shot well in college, shooting 37 percent from 3 in college and 44 percent on catch and shoot 3s, according to Draft Express. He also possesses great rebounding (6.5 per game), shot blocking                 (.5 per game) and thievery (1.5 per game).

With a 34-4 record in college and four state championships Johnson is used to winning.

Johnson is relentlessly competitive and is unstoppable when he gets a head of steam, going to the basket.


Throughout the past season Johnson was incredibly inconsistent, for example he followed a 22 point outing in the first round of the NCAA double tournament with a 4 point game. This wasn’t his only single digit game.

Johnson also had lapses on the defensive end where he was frequently caught ball-watching and       over-helping.

Though his shot mechanics are much improved from high school, they are still not wonderful, a low release point is a huge part of the problem. This may explain his inconsistent jump shot.

Despite being one of the strongest players in basketball, Johnson struggled at the rim especially with contact.

Johnson is not good at reading a defense at this point in his development and is not an accurate       passer either.


In the year he’s coached in Utah, Quin Snyder has proven he can teach players how to defend. This would be particularly useful in helping Johnson develop into a great defender considering his elite physical tools.

Johnson wouldn’t be the only one in Swat Lake City to need help with his shooting mechanics and would benefit from the emphasis the team will likely put on shooting.

With an NBA ready body Johnson could push Hood and Burkes for minutes. If his competitiveness comes out in practice he will only make them better, even if he doesn’t end up spending much time on the court. He would also give Jazz wings practice against a long, strong Kawhi Leonard-esque defender.

If Johnson falls to the Jazz they’ll have another solid 3-and-D guy and potentially a third or fourth option down the road.

Other Profiles:

Frank Kaminsky     Kevon Looney     Devin Booker     Myles Turner     Sam Dekker     Trey Lyles

R.J. Hunter     Bobby Portis     Kelly Oubre

Information courtesy of:

Draft Express