Nov
14
2020

Why Anthony Edwards Should Be The Number One Pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first pick of the NBA draft. They probably will choose between Anthony Edwards or Lamelo Ball. The Timberwolves should choose Edwards first. Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds on 40% shooting from the field and 29% shooting from beyond the arc as a freshman.

Edwards 19.1 points per game led all freshmen in the nation. He led Georgia in scoring and steals per game. Edwards also had two 30 point games this past season: 36 against South Carolina, and 32 against Florida

Offense

At Georiga in his freshman season, Edwards proved he could score the basketball. He has the tools to score at all three levels, which will give him the ability to make an impact immediately. Edwards is explosive and has leaping ability to finish at the rim and over his defenders. He is a physical player that can play through contact.

Edwards can create his shot and knock down mid-range jumpers. He is a capable three-point shooter, but he must improve on it. Edwards only shot 29% from beyond the arc in college. If he can improve his three-point shot, it will make Edwards even more deadly on offense.

Defense

Edwards is a good defender in the passing lanes; he has the traits to be an outstanding defender but is still learning how to be an off and on-ball defender. The former Georgia star would be able to help Minnesota on both sides of the floor.

The Fit

The Timberwolves have D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns; Edwards would fit perfectly with those two with his ability to play off-ball. Also, with his offensive skill set, Edwards could take some of the pressure off Russell and Towns. Drafting Edwards would give Minnesota a young big three that could grow together, and if Edwards can play up to his potential, improve his three-point shooting, and cut down on the turnovers, the Timberwolves could make a run at the playoffs.