Cole Anthony NBA Draft Scouting Report


Position

 Height

 Weight

 From

 PG  6-3  185  UNC

  Born

  Wingspan

  Standing Reach

  Vertical

 5/15/00 6-3 1/2 7-11  NA

Cole has been a bit hot and cold so far this season and has been struggling with his shot recently. But he's got plenty of time to turn it around and still projects as a top 10 pick with top 5 potential.

Strengths
Whether it's creating space for his shot, creating for teammates or scoring in the lane he makes the game look easy, like he's playing one step ahead of everyone else on the court. He's got all of the intangibles you want in a point guard including super high BBIQ, leadership qualities, play-making ability and toughness.

He's also a surprisingly bouncy athlete who can put defenders on a poster. He's a great ball handler who can drive and finish with either hand. His quickness with the dribble allows him to get into the lane and draw a second defender and he's a slick passer who knows when to deliver the ball. He excels at operating in half court sets and he's also a threat in transition, showing great vision and pass-ahead ability.

Anthony is a committed and tough defender who drops into his stance and gets after the ball handler. He's got extremely quick feet and great overall quickness to stay in front of his man.

He's a solid rebounder for a guard thanks to his leaping ability, good strength and great feel for the game/timing.

Weaknesses
Anthony has good but not great size and is lacking ideal length with an under 6-4 wingspan.

His three point shooting is still a work in progress, as he lacks consistency and has a low, slow release. He has the work ethic and natural ability to be a very good shooter in time but at this point in his young career he's not consistent enough from outside.

He's an older freshman and might be farther along in his development (less upside) than some of the other pg prospects.

He's been turning the ball over at a high rate and needs to do a better job of playing within himself and cutting down on the careless mistakes.

Comparisons
  • he's like a high-flying version of Derek Fisher
  • Derrick Rose minus half a step
  • a bigger Kemba Walker
Projection: top 10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft