There is still plenty of time before the NBA resumes its season in Orlando. For the teams that won’t be making the trip, as in the case of the Golden State Warriors, their focus has already shifted to scouting players like Anthony Edwards for the 2020 NBA Draft.
According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors would ‘likely take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards’ if they were to land the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Edwards, 18, is a 6’5″ combo guard that has receive pro comparisons to talents like Victor Oladipo and Dwayne Wade due to explosive athleticism and rangy wingspan. The fact they all played for head coach Tom Crean during their collegiate careers probably contributed to those comparisons.
Based on personal observations, Edwards lacks the feel for the game that Wade possessed and also isn’t the pull-up shooting threat off high ball screens Oladipo has become. The Georgia standout has great physical tools but is rawer offensively than those other two players were as prospects.
The flashes of potential Edwards has shown are impressive, nevertheless. He has displayed an ability to make tough shots at times in addition to being able to impose his will physically as a finisher off penetration. He will need to become more efficient at the NBA level but displays strong potential.
It’s fascinating to think about how the Warriors may bounce back in the 2020-21 season after Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson return to the lineup. Landing the top overall selection in the NBA Draft and using it to select a player like Edwards would only add to the intrigue.
There would be no shortage of perimeter talent on the court for the Warriors throughout games with Edwards. Between Curry and Thompson in the starting backcourt, they also have Andrew Wiggins at small forward and would surely have Edwards coming off the bench.
Regardless of what happens in the NBA Draft for the Golden State Warriors, they are in a prime position to land a contributing talent with their first-round selection. It just remains to be seen whether that will end up being Anthony Edwards or a different prospect.
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