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.

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