Weight: 225 LBS
Position: Shooting Guard
Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Age: 18 (19 come draft night)
Coming into the season Anthony Edwards had a lot of hype surrounding him and understandably so being that he was ranked the 4th best player in the ESPN top 100 in 2019. Despite the Georgia Bulldogs having had a lackluster season with a 5-13 record and finishing 13th in the SEC, Edwards lived up to the hype in an incredible manner flashing his athleticism and scoring ability. In 2019 Edwards posted up; 19.1 PPG, 2.8 APG, 5.2 RPG on 40.2% shooting from the field. With his swagger and potential elite scoring ability, many have been comparing him to a younger Dwayne Wade.
Strengths & Weaknesses
– NBA ready frame
– Edwards’s leadership will help get the best out of his teammates
– Has elite level athleticism
– His handles allow him to create separation on the perimeter
– Semi consistent stepback
– 3-Point shot, shooting 29.4% from beyond the arc
– Has occasional defensive lapses that get him burnt one the drive
– Edwards needs to improve his patience to allow screeners to get in position to set a screen
– Despite his strength, Edwards struggles with absorbing contact at the rim
– Anthonys’ shot selection has been nothing less than atrocious, however, being the only superstar at Georgia he was forced to take unnecessary shots.
Anthony Edwards is a pure scorer who has the potential to be one of the best Shooting Guards in the league. With his blend of length, and athleticism he was the skills if developed properly to become a very good perimeter defender. Overall I don’t see Edwards as a #1 option on a championship-contending team however, I think he is a great second option who will consistently get you 20 a night.