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Tony Parker not committing a foul.
Anderson is a "gumby" stretch man with a lot of skills. He plays a unique "slow-mo" style that is miraculously, but consistently, effective in all courts.
Versatility last year improved the team in so many ways. He was smart to return to school because he's not yet ready for professional basketball. He has a swagger and self-belief dedicated toward team goals that inspires teammates in practice and most in games. He hates to lose more than most.
He plays hard with competitor's sickening desperation to win, and he's smart to know what in his game has to be improved.
When Anderson gets going, he can rebound, trigger fast breaks and assist on goals. He handles the ball beautifully, has wonderful court vision and plays with passion and love of the game that is demonstrably evident.
Anderson can anchor the backcourt and enhance the frontcourt. He's an absolutely essential piece to UCLA's season.
Jordan Adams was one of best freshman surprises I can remember in college basketball. He came out of the box smoothly and was polished offensively with a velvety touch.
Adams is natural scorer with a wonderful release on his shot and understands angles when attacking the basket to compensate for moderate explosive athleticism. He is also, sneakily, one of the most disruptive defenders on the team, regularly pilfering opponents possessions and generating extra scoring opportunities for the Bruins.
Adams was probably the team's best, most critical player when hurt in Pac-12 Tournament semifinals, and his absence—because of severe drought in depth—just about doomed UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.
Originally a great high school player out of Oak Hill Academy with a winner's mentality and understanding of the game, Adams is a team player who will do whatever it takes to advance the unit, whether it is his personal statistics or establishing teammates.
A healthy, productive Adams—not purely his production but his swagger, which matches Anderson's—is integral to the Bruins' 2013 prospects.
The hope is that Parker can be a force more than both David Wear and Travis Wear inside. The Wear brothers are nice finesse players and may have in their senior seasons accumulated the weight in muscle to bang around underneath the basket, but that is no certainty.
UCLA was the Pac-12's worst rebounding team by margin last year at minus-1.6 per game. There were many times it broke their transition rhythm after fine defensive possessions and without doubt allowed opponents to score critical points that made the difference between victory and defeat.
Tony Parker has actually lost about 20 pounds over the offseason, but he still plunges the scale at a powerful 255 pounds amassed over a 6'9" frame.
The Bruins must have this svelte Parker rebounding both ends. The increased mobility should make it easier for him to stay out of foul danger—a serious problem last season—and to run hard in transition, where Anderson will reward him.
Parker's second year in Westwood, apparently reborn under the new coaching staff and a new opportunity, is enormously important to this team. With him inside, giving the Bruins respectable front court depth—whether Wanaah Bail is ready to contribute this season or not—this team is equipped to battle at the top of the league.