Earlier today Mavs first-round draft pick Justin Anderson took part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on r/Mavericks. More than 200 MFFLs and redditors submitted questions, and the rookie spent some time answering his favorites. Here are some of the things we learned about him.

We learned who his funniest teammate is — although he couldn’t name just one.

He talked about his role on the team, and what head coach Rick Carlisle expects from him.

Is the dunk contest is in his future? Maybe so. His teammate, Jeremy Evans, won the competition in 2012. There’s no doubt that Anderson has the hops.


We learned what it’s like to meet Dirk Nowitzki for the first time. Dirk was Anderson’s favorite player growing up.

He’s got some pregame rituals — but he keeps them close to the chest.

Until he moved here, he thought every Texan wore a cowboy hat and boots.

And, most importantly, we learned why he goes by the nickname “Simba.”

Check out the rest of the AMA here. Thanks to those who participated, and keep an eye out for future AMAs with other Mavs players!

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