Kyle Anderson is a professional American basketball player who currently plays for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Memphis Grizzlies. He originally began his career playing basketball in high school and was named State Player of the Year in his senior year after leading his team to two consecutive state titles. Although he would have been boxed into the striker position because of his size, thanks to his father, he is distinguished by his ability to play various positions, especially as a point guard. He also signed up for the 2014 NBA draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the 30th overall candidate in the first round of the draft. See below for more details.
Who Is Kyle Anderson?
Kyle F. Anderson was born in New York City on September 20, 1993. However, he grew up in New Jersey, North Bergen, before his family moved to Fairview, where he attended high school. Kyle has been involved with basketball as a sport practically since his early childhood years. In fact, he started playing three days before his very first birthday, the same day he started running. When he was three years old, he attended his first basketball camp. Luckily for him, his father was a respected high school soccer coach in New Jersey who trained him to be a point guard. Considering that Kyle was a very big kid and also the smallest player in terms of physique, his father did not want him to be pushed into a certain position in stereotypes, so he had to play with larger teammates in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Kyle Anderson’s high school career began when he was still a student at Paterson Catholic High School. By this time he was already 6’5″ tall, which led his coach to have him play the wing position, despite the fact that he had the skills to play the point guard position. Kyle spent two years in Paterson but was later transferred to St. Anthony High School after the school was closed. In the remaining high school years he spent at St. Anthony, he was instrumental in leading his team, scoring 6.5 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists, 2.0 blocked shots, distractions, and 14.7 points per game. His coach also described Kyle Anderson as the “heart and soul of the team”. At an elevated height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.03 meters), Kyle still saw himself as a point guard, despite the fact that he was often listed as a small striker. He was ranked #1 by Rivals.com as a small striker and #2 by Scout.com and ESPN.com.
For his college education, he was admitted to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on September 19, 2011, where he also got the opportunity to play basketball for the Bruins in Division I. In the team he was mainly positioned as a power forward and finished the season with an average of 9.7 points, 3.5 assists and rebounds of 8.6. He once said that it was sometimes difficult to play in a team led by coach Howland because he was so strict, but it brought out the best in him and even made him the only player on his team to finish in the top 10 “Pac-12” in both assists and rebounds.
In addition to his winning streak, he and his teammate Shabazz Napier were the only players on the watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, Bob Cousy Award, and Naismith College Player of the Year in the mid-season. Kyle Anderson was also a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which was awarded to the most outstanding college player.
Anderson Kyle was originally supposed to be selected in a late first round, but he was lucky enough to be selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 30th. Later he signed with the Spurs in 2014. On the team, he played more on the wing and sometimes as a power forward, but rarely as a point guard. Although he played a total of 72 games, including 14 starts, in the 2016-17 season, his overall performance lagged behind. The following season, Kyle Anderson became a restricted free player. He later signed a four-year contract worth $37.2 million with the Memphis Grizzlies on July 9, 2018.
Family- Parents, Siblings
When you look at Kyle Anderson, you can get pretty confused about what his ethnic background really is. If you ever thought he was mixed, we can tell you for sure that he has mixed genes. Kyle’s father, Kyle Anderson Sr., is originally from Jamaica, while his mother, Suzanne Anderson, is half Jamaican and half Chinese. Her father was a Chinese who immigrated to Jamaica and later married a Jamaican woman (Kyle’s great grandmother). He also has four siblings, two brothers, Jamar and Dueane, and two sisters, Brittany and Tai.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
One thing that is synonymous with sports like basketball is certainly the altitude. This does not mean that athletes of average height will not make it in this sport, but the taller players are usually considered first when selecting potential newcomers to a professional team. In Kyle Anderson’s case, he has always been a big kid, standing at a full-grown height of 6 feet 8 inches (2.06 m), coupled with a very athletic weight of 230 lbs (140 kg).