The 2020 NBA Draft process is different than any other year. Instead of bringing in a never-ending stream of players for three-on-three workouts or hosting intimate dinners with top-end prospects, teams are sending out Zoom links and maybe sneaking into a gym to watch a workout or two.
Whether you are drafting at No. 2 overall, like the Golden State Warriors, or down at No. 12 like the Sacramento Kings, the process is the same.
During Wednesday’s Zoom call with members of the media, top prospect Anthony Edwards said he had only worked out with the Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets, which is standard for a player slated to go in the top three.
His meeting with the Warriors left a huge impression on the 19-year-old shooting guard.
“It was a good workout, it was a learning lesson,” Edwards said. “I learned a lot from the workout. I feel like that workout changed my mindset. That was a great workout.”
Coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers were both in attendance for the Edwards’ workout, and apparently they weren’t shy about handing out some words of wisdom for the Georgia star.
“They gave me some key advice, some key points that I needed,” Edwards said of his conversation with the Warriors. “I took those and ran and I just feel like it changed the way In approached everything.”
It doesn’t sound like the Warriors gave Edwards a promise to select him with the No. 2 overall pick in the Nov. 18 draft, but he’s clearly under consideration if he doesn’t go to Minnesota with the top pick.
“Wherever I fall, I just thank God and just get better,” Edwards said.
Edwards is a super athlete who can score from anywhere on the court. He needs to work on his defensive effort, his 3-point accuracy and his overall shot selection, but there is a lot to like.
There are questions about his focus and his fit with the Warriors as they are currently constructed, but his talent might be too much to pass on if he does make it past the T-Wolves at No. 1.