As I mentioned in an article for our friends at World Class Sports Betting, Anthony Edwards appears to be current favorite to be drafted #1 Overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Edwards (-235 per DraftKings Sportsbook) looks to be headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves should those odds hold up which would be a significantly different result than what most expected for the majority of these players draft campaigns since LaMelo Ball has been considered the #1 prospect for the majority of the past 18 months.
We also know that Edwards has made a significant impression on the Golden State Warriors as Brandon Payne, Steph Curry’s personal trainer, has said that Anthony Edwards “really stands out to me.”
Lets look at his scouting report.
Edwards was inefficient for a good portion of his Freshman Year at Georgia, but average 19.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. His shooting percentages were not ideal at 40.2% from the field and 29.4% from 3-point range. Worse yet, his team was not expected to make the NCAA Tournament despite his play.
He is a large man at 6’5″ and 225 pounds which is a very, very good size for a guard in the NBA especially one that is entering his rookie season. As I mentioned with LaMelo Ball, Edwards will only continue to mature and grow in his body once he starts a NBA Strength Training Program.
As you can see in the highlight tape above, Edwards displays good defensive skill, fantastic athleticism, a strong burst to the rim and a frame that is NBA ready on day 1 of his rookie campaign.
While a highlight reel doesn’t show his inconsistency, it does show him making a variety of shots and dunks that make it clear why the Golden State Warriors were so impressed with his workout.
Draft Projection and Best Pick
We’ve seen the Minnesota Timberwolves fall in love with an athletic player that showed some inconsistencies before when they drafted Andrew Wiggins. We’ve also seen them draft a high-profile player with great passing ability in Ricky Rubio, so its feasible that this team is going to have difficulty choosing between two player types they have been interested in before. We can almost guarantee they will not select James Wiseman as they have an Elite Bigman in Karl Anthony Towns.
If I’m the Minnesota Timberwolves, I’m taking LaMelo Ball. Once the doors open to fans again, whenever that may be, the team needs someone that can get people in the door. Ownership must be salivating at the opportunity to sell tickets, push lob passes from LaMelo to KAT on social media and take advantage of marketing a known last name in the pro sports crowd.
The best fit for Anthony Edwards, however, might just be those same Timberwolves. With his size, athleticism and ability to hit a variety of shots from multiple ranges, he adds something to the Timberwolves that they need. Edwards would also play well off-ball with D’Angelo Russell adding an immediate 3rd scoring option to this team which they desperately need. While I think they’ll take LaMelo and move D-Lo to the off-guard, I think LaMelo is the name that shows the most promise for recapturing lost profits post-COVID.
Golden State is in the best position in this draft with the #2 overall pick. Either they trade away the pick or they have LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards fall into their laps. Edwards could be an immediate starter in that offense as both LaMelo and Edwards force Klay Thompson into a wing position which he can handle. Regardless of who they get, the Warriors are going to put a starting 5 out that adds a small ball wrinkle opposing teams should be terrified of.
Edwards falling to the Warriors would be a good spot for him, too, because playing alongside Klay and Steph will force you to become a consistent threat to score the ball. All three of those players would be able to take the ball to the bucket or shoot from 3. With Klay and Steph terrorizing you from 3, Edwards would have many opportunities to take advantage and pickup buckets.
Prediction: Anthony Edwards #2 Overall to the Golden State Warriors
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