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Cole Anthony
Cole Anthony
Position: G
Born: 05/15/00
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $3,449,400
The Detroit Pistons did it with a J Cole jersey earlier this year along with a “tryout” offer that, let’s be honest, just didn’t seem to be real. But this time, we at least got Cole on the court. The hip-hop superstar was actually running with the Orlando Magic in a team practice. Like, it was really him. Practicing. With the Magic. Cole Anthony, RJ Hampton. All of them.
A common refrain from the scouts is that Anthony is anything but bashful. Scout B mentioned some of Anthony’s late-game heroics in close games as a positive sign for his future. “He showed that he’s not afraid to take a big shot at the end — (he had) a couple of game-winners — and he competes,” Scout B said. Indeed, Anthony thrived late in games, making eight of his 13 shot attempts in “clutch” situations, with the score within five points during the final five minutes of games.
The scouts all said Anthony’s tendency to look for his own shot should slot him into a combo guard role on offense, but the scouts also agreed that Anthony is much too small to defend opposing shooting guards. “I think he can play off the ball,” Scout A said. “But I don’t think he’s a two-guard, per se. I know everybody talks about ‘positionless basketball,’ and that’s cool. What it basically means is you can play a bunch of good players together, but I don’t think consistently you would see him in the role of CJ McCollum. I think right now he’s got to be on the ball for him to be at his most effective. “He’s just going to run into problems (if he’s off the ball on defense). That’s really what happens to Portland a lot in the playoffs. They’re so small in the backcourt (that) they don’t really impact things defensively. So I think it would be a hard thing to ask him to guard two-guards for a whole year physically. And he’s got to stay healthy. That’s the other part of it, too.”