Mavs Dirk Praises Justin Anderson

Dirk Nowitzki rarely met a teammate he didn't like. Nevertheless, he really seems to like Justin Anderson. And heck, he likes Satnam Signh Bhamar, too. In a funny way.

Dirk Nowitzki is impressed with the Dallas Mavericks' selection of Virginia guard Justin Anderson in Thursday's draft. Dirk, the 37-year-old Mavericks mainstay, visited with the media at Dr. Pepper Ballpark as he prepared for his annual charity celebrity baseball game and spoke positivity of his new teammate.

"I only saw a highlight tape that was like three minutes long and I was really impressed by his athleticism, the way he finishes around the rim," Nowitzki said about Anderson. "Showed up in the corners on the threes he made. So, hopefully, he's definitely got an NBA body already. And hopefully he can come in and pick up some of the systems. We know Coach Carlisle has a complex system, and he's got to pick that up pretty quick. And I think if he can contribute right away, that would be awesome."

Anderson, a 6-6, 237-pound wing, has the ability to guard anything from small forwards to shooting guards. The 2015 All-ACC Second-teamer can also switch off on power forwards and points guards during screens.

"I think he fits right in with that mold where he can switch everything and stay in front of people and guard multiple positions," said Nowitzki. "He can get out on a break and run and finish with the best of them. So, I think, like I said, if he works hard and stays injury free, he can contribute right away this season."

During his final year at Virginia, Anderson missed the final eight regular season games with a broken pinky and appendicitis. He did return for the ACC Tournament and helped lead the Cavaliers to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. However, Anderson made 47 out of 104 three-pointers during the season and improved his perimeter skills, something Dallas needs.

Said Dirk: "I think nowadays in the NBA you can never have enough shooters or athletes. It's really where the league goes: a bunch of 6-6, 6-7 guys switching, running, and I think he's going to be great.

"He has great athleticism. His shot got better in his third year. He's just got to work hard and get adjusted quick."


The adjustment of second-round center Satnam Singh Bhamar, a 7-2 project from India, will be even greater. As we noted in our draft coverage, he'll start his development with the D-League Texas Legends.

"He is a big boy,'' Dirk said of Satnam Singh Bhamar, warmly calling him "my guy.'' "His hands almost wrapped around mine. … He’s actually pretty skilled for his size. ... I didn't think it was possible, but I think we found somebody in the draft who is slower than me."

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