Given that an Eastern Conference scout compared Anthony Edwards to Zach LaVine and all league intel that NBC Sports Chicago has been able to gather has him going in the first three picks of Wednesday’s NBA Draft, the odds of the Georgia shooting guard landing in Chicago are slim.
We’ll analyze him anyway since this is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in history.
At 6-foot-5 with a 6-9 wingspan, Edwards owns serious positional size, strength and athleticism. He can score in a variety of ways, including off the dribble and with a well-developed stepback jumper. His high release means he won’t have issues getting off shots. But he’s a streaky shooter who shot just 29.4 percent from the shorter collegiate 3-point line. He must prove he can consistently hit the NBA 3-pointer.
Like a lot of young players, Edwards needs to improve his defensive focus and shot selection. Too often, he drove the lane with a one-track mind to shoot instead of reading the defense.
One Western Conference executive, who spoke to NBC Sports Chicago on background, also questioned Edwards’ motor. In his eye, he took off too many possessions and wondered about his work ethic and daily focus to improve.
There’s no denying Edwards’ offensive arsenal though. His positional size and strength also could translate to him becoming a player who gets to the free-throw line consistently. He averaged 5.3 attempts in his lone season at Georgia.
Just don't expect him to again don red and black when the 2020-21 NBA season tips off.