NBA Draft 2020: Burning Questions For Anthony Edwards

NBA Draft 2020: Burning Questions For Anthony Edwards

On a certain level, you sort of sense for Anthony Edwards, the presumptive No. 1 select at a draft lottery nobody appears to wish to acquire, or at least, not badly. It is oxymoronic, to be certain. It is not actually Edwards’ fault, even on the insides of an inarguably irregular freshman year in Georgia that prompted varying levels of assurance in NBA circles. With the season from the rearview, it would not be reasonable to mention Edwards has defaulted to his present location –he made clear progress from November to March. But he is definitely benefitted from being a part of a comparatively thin harvest of lottery-caliber prospects, also sits under the microscope for the near future, anchoring a draft devoid of fully-convincing candidates for the best place.

Objectively (when I could temporarily remove myself from my vantage point as a networking member), it is hard to recall a possible No. 1 choice in recent memory that appeared to garner such small fanfare nationally within the duration of the year. Two excellent matches (and one dud) in the Maui Invitational in November were more or less the degree of his time at the national spotlight, together with Georgia stumbling into some 5–13 markers in conference play and much against the NCAA tournament bubble (had there ever been a championship, naturally ).

Bearing that in mind, let us take a better look at Edwards, and a number of the vital questions to notice entering the predraft cycle.

What makes Edwards the favorite for the No. 1 pick?

It’s a simple question, but one that bears asking—oftentimes the harder it is to boil down the case for drafting a prospect, the more it says about his actual quality (or lack thereof). There’s a strong argument that Edwards boasts a better combination of physical ability and shot-creation potential, relative to his age, than any other prospect in the draft. Those are three critical factors when trying to evaluate a player’s ceiling, which philosophically is the primary determinant behind who to draft first, and of course, teams can only pick from who’s eligible.

In a best-case scenario, Edwards slots into a premium position as a big, strong, shot-creating wing with ability to score at all three levels, and what should eventually become a reliable jump shot. He also has the athletic capacity to defend his position adequately, if not the polish. High-end starters in that vein are among the hardest players to find, and continue to gain value in a fast-paced, perimeter-oriented league. With broad shoulders, a plus wingspan and a naturally muscular frame at such an early stage of development, he projects well to handle the physical rigors of NBA play. And at the end of the day, it’s hard for teams to walk away from 18-year-olds with Edwards’ body type and demonstrable scoring ability, concerns and all.