3 best landing spots for potential No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards in the 2020 NBA Draft
The No. 2 prospect in the class of 2019 according to 247Sports, shooting guard Anthony Edwards came to the University of Georgia with sky-high expectations. Now in March, it’s safe to say Edwards met or even exceeded those expectations.
While we likely wouldn’t have gotten to see Edwards in the NCAA tournament if it hadn’t been canceled due to Georgia’s less than stellar 16-16 record, that has been no fault of Edwards.
In 32 games with the Bulldogs, Edwards was able to put up an impressive 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while showing defensive versatility and elite athleticism. Already cemented as, at worst, a top-five pick, the 18-year-old has a good chance to go No. 1 in June’s 2020 NBA Draft.
Edwards has a chance to continue playing his basketball in the state of Georgia and as an Atlanta native, this one just makes sense. Not only would Hawks fans love to have the hometown kid, but Edwards could also be a game-changer for the Hawks.
At 6-foot-5 with a strong 225-pound frame, Atlanta has a chance to find the perfect backcourt mate for established star Trae Young.
Edwards’ natural scoring ability, quick burst and relentless finishing ability could couple well with Young’s outside shooting and create a strong wing combo with 2019 rookie De’Andre Hunter.
This one likely depends on Andrew Wiggins’ future with the Warriors. If the team decides to move away from Wiggins, they should definitely take a look at Edwards to fit alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Yes, Edwards is a shooting guard but in today’s world of positionless basketball, that doesn’t matter as much as it used to. Golden State has a unique opportunity to draft the best player in the draft class despite being one of the most talented squads in the NBA when healthy.
They may be tempted to draft a center like Memphis’ James Wiseman but Edwards should at least be heavily considered.
This one would likely require some magic in the lottery or a trade but a backcourt combo of De’Aaron Fox and Edwards could terrorize the league for years to come.
I could’ve gone with the Minnesota Timberwolves or Cleveland Cavaliers but both teams have drafted shooting guards early in recent drafts and Edwards is more likely to succeed if he doesn’t have to be a team’s lead guard from the start.
With Kings star Buddy Hield reportedly frustrated with head coach Luke Walton and his playing time, the Kings possibly trading up for Edwards seems like it could be a possibility.