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Why top draft prospect Edwards would love to play for Dubs

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Anthony Edwards might end up being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

And the Warriors enter Thursday night's draft lottery tied with the best odds (14 percent) of securing the top selection.

"Who wouldn't love to play with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green," Edwards told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks before the NBA season was shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. "They could make me better at all times.

"So yeah -- I'd love to play with them."

Good answer. He's definitely right about that.

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Jonathan Givony has Golden State selecting Edwards with the No. 1 pick. And the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau last week reported a very interesting piece of information.

"Golden State believes, per a league source, that Edwards is one of the few players available in this draft who can contribute immediately and develop into a face of the franchise within the next few seasons," he wrote.

To be clear, Edwards was not advocating specifically for the Warriors to draft him. He simply was asked about his fit with several of franchises expected to pick at the top of the draft.

In fact, the 19-year-old said it would be a "dream come true" to play for his hometown Atlanta Hawks -- who have the fourth-best odds (12.5 percent) of winning the lottery.

 

Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals for the Georgia Bulldogs last season, and believes he's the best prospect in the 2020 class.

"I feel like the defensive end -- if I lock in every time on the defensive end, nobody's better than me in the draft," he told Rooks. "Of course I feel like I can score the best. I can pass, rebound -- all type of stuff.

"But I feel like defense is gonna separate everybody in the draft."

That's another good answer.

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Edwards was not consistent defensively during his one year in college, but certainly has the tools to be a stout defender.

He had seven games with at least three steals, and five games with multiple blocks. Will he value defense and bring it on that end of the floor on a nightly basis at the next level? 

We will find out soon enough.

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