Anthony Edwards is a 6’5″ shooting guard who played one season at Georgia before declaring to go pro. He was a highly-touted five-star prospect out of high school and is the projected number one pick in the NBA Draft (whenever that happens). The Warriors came out today and said they would take the former Bulldog with their first pick if the lottery works out for them.
Edwards is the type of player who can fill up a stat sheet. He averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He didn’t shoot the ball at the highest percentage, only 40% from the field and 29% from three, but he tended to raise his game against better competition. For me personally, I believe his game has a lot of question marks, and I’d be concerned to use a high lottery pick on him unless your team only needs an elite shooting guard.
- 6’9″ wingspan, with an NBA ready body
- Gets past his defender easily and can finish in traffic
- Great strength, doesn’t get pushed around
- Very athletic, has an insane 42 inch vertical
- Great ball handling, has a very natural crossover and step-back
- Uses his athleticism to rebound
- The form of his shot doesn’t have any real weakness. Uses his legs well, good elbow, and a nice follow-through
- Above-average defender, could become elite
- His pull-up jumper is tough to guard
- Once he gets hot, there’s no stopping him
- Didn’t shoot the ball well during his freshman season
- Forces his shot far too much
- Has tunnel vision, looked off his teammates far too often
- Despite his shot looking good, is it NBA ready?
- Seemed lazy at points, especially when Georgia fell behind
- Takes plays off
There’s no doubt about it, Anthony Edwards could be an elite scorer at the NBA level. He looks ready but has serious consistency issues. I personally believe Georgia’s head coach, Tom Crean, stunted his growth similar to what Rick Pitino did to Donovan Mitchell at Louisville. They were stuck in college offenses and couldn’t play as much 1-on-1. Also, Mitchell is the perfect NBA comparison to Edwards if he reaches his max potential. If he hits his floor, he could be very similar to Dion Waiters, without the minor drug issue. I don’t have many grievances with him going first off the board, but as a Cavs fan, I’d rather avoid taking Edwards.
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