Anthony Edwards Doesn’t Finish In Top 3 Of Rookie Of The Year
Not only does Anthony Edwards have All-Star level potential, but he has been drawing comparisons to the great Dwyane Wade. Edwards athleticism is what sets him apart from other rookies in this draft class as he plays well above the rim in transition and if given space, will put his opponents on a poster.
Anthony Edwards enters the NBA as a lethal scorer in transition and can get to the rim with ease when playing one-on-one. There are questions about his success as a shooter in the NBA, as he shot just 40.2% from the floor and 29.4% from deep in college, but should be able to improve his jump shot at the next level.
The reason why the No. 1 overall pick will not finish in the top-three of the Rookie of the Year voting is that he is not in a system where he can succeed immediately. Jarret Culver and Josh Okogie are both former first-round picks over the years on the wing for the Timberwolves and are not two players Minnesota is ready to move on from yet.
Of course, Anthony Edwards will spend a lot of time on the court and will get his fair share of minutes, but he is in a crowded situation given the position he plays and the Timberwolves even went out and signed Malik Beasley this offseason, who plays the same position as Edwards.
There are other rookies this year who are in much better positions to succeed and with D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns as the two All-Stars on the roster for the Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards will not be more than a 12-14 points per game player in his rookie season who will struggle early on in his career on the defensive end of the court, where he is prone to getting in foul trouble.