2020 NBA Draft Profile: Anthony Edwards
**DISCLAIMER: The following is an aggregate of player analysis from various media outlets and does not reflect the views of the Minnesota Timberwolves.**
NBA.com(click to read full analysis):
Anthony Edwards is an explosive offensive player who showed the ability to light up the scoreboard with his combination of strength, athleticism, and shooting ability during his freshman season at Georgia. An early bloomer who was widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the high school class of 2020 through his mid-teens, Edwards opted to reclassify to the class of 2019 ahead of what would have been his junior year at Holy Spirit Preparatory School (GA). Capping his prep career with McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American honors, Edwards was considered the top guard prospect in the country when he committed to play for Tom Crean’s Georgia Bulldogs.
The Atlanta native delivered on those lofty expectations finishing third in the SEC in scoring averaging 19.1 points per game, taking home All-Conference 2nd Team and Freshman of the Year accolades, and putting together some of the season’s most memorable individual scoring performances.
ESPN/Draft Express (click to read full analysis):
- Powerful guard with elite length and explosiveness. Tough to contain, especially in transition. Strong first step and bouncy off one or two feet in space. Embraces contact in the paint.
- Three-level scorer who can function on or off the ball. Capable shooter with his feet set but most intriguing with the ball in his hands. Made 42 pull-up jumpers in 32 games, regularly elevating over the top of defenders with ease. Can splash a pull-up 3 if the defense goes under, rise up in midrange spots or use his strength and explosiveness to get all the way to the rim in a straight line. Shows potential as a facilitator, particularly in the open court.
Projected role: Star scoring guard
The Ringer (click to read full analysis):
- Powerful driving to the rim; when he initiates contact, defenders bounce off him. Finishes with athleticism and displays soft touch with either hand.
- Dynamic shot-maker off the dribble; he fluidly transitions from complex dribbles, spins, and hesitations into pull-ups, stepbacks, and side steps.
-- Kevin O’Connor
NBADraft.net (click to read full analysis):
Shows a good feel for the game and competitiveness … Good size and length for position with a 6’9 wingspan and 8’4 standing reach … Uses his strength well and should be able to add additional strength … Finishes well with contact and can bully smaller guards … High-level athleticism, good body control, and hang time … Has a quick first step … Gets to the rim and throws down dunks in traffic … Gets going down hill with a dribble drive and finishes well with either hand … Natural scoring ability … Shoots well from three and can shoot from NBA range … Needs just a little bit of space to get his shot off … Adept ballhandler and drives with either hand … Keeps his head up and has good court vision … Reads double teams well … Passes out of drives … Good rebounder for his position … Good tools and athleticism defensively … Blocks shots well for a guard … Makes the game look easy … Good competitor and doesn’t lack for confidence … -- Evan Tomes