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2020 NBA Draft: Anthony Edwards could immediately contribute to any team

2020 NBA Draft: Anthony Edwards could immediately contribute to any team

The Washington Wizards are likely to have a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2020 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Anthony Edwards

School: Georgia
Position: Guard
Age: 18
Height: 6-5
Weight: 225
Wingspan: 6-9

2019/20 stats: 32 G, 19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.6 bpg, 40.2 FG% (6.3/15.8), 29.4 3PT% (2.3/7.7), 77.2 FT%

Player comparison: Victor Oladipo, Donovan Mitchell

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 2nd, Sports Illustrated 1st, Ringer 3rd, NBADraft.net 1st, Bleacher Report 1st

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5 things to know:

*Many evaluators regard Edwards as the best "NBA ready" prospect of the class and could contribute immediately to an NBA roster. There's no chance he's slipping; he's going in the top three. Edwards is aggressive every time he has the ball in his hands, always looking to attack the rim. But, despite his alpha-dog mentality does not have to rely on the ball being in his hands to be successful. He has the body type to crash the boards and is an elite defender. Any NBA roster could welcome him with open arms and if he becomes a more consistent shooter, he would be a dominant force in the league. 

*An elite prospect coming from Georgia seems a little off the radar, but he didn't want to go to the Bulldogs. He just wanted to be coached by Tom Crean. Two of Edwards' favorite players - that both offer a similar skillset - Dwayne Wade and Victor Oladipo were coached by Crean at different stops (Marquette and Indiana). Both were two of the best No. 2 guards in the NBA of the past two decades. Edwards going to Georgia made him the highest ever recruit to become a Bulldog.

*Basketball isn't the only sport that Edwards has wreaked defenses. Edwards was a beast tailback in Pop Warner football during his elementary school years. Fitting, his position on the hardwood is similar to diving through holes. Edwards also played quarterback and was a cornerback on defense but switched to basketball because "it looked more fun."

*Whichever team drafts him better have the No. 5 jersey available. Since high school, Edwards has worn that number to honor his late mother and grandmother who both died on the fifth day of the month.

*Edwards will be one of the few recruits that will be 18 by the originally scheduled draft date in June. In 2018, Edwards reclassified from the 2020 high school class to 2019 after he saw his development drastically improve. While it's not noted as a reason for reclassification, the 2021 NBA Draft is projected to be a much deeper class than this year's.

Fit with Wizards: As a guard that could instantly be thrust into an NBA rotation, the Washington Wizards would not necessarily be the best fit for Edwards. He would still be behind John Wall and Bradley Beal in the lineup and likely only see the court with that duo in a small lineup. However, if the ping-pong balls bounce the way of Washington or somehow he inexplicably falls to the Wizards, they have to take him. 

Of the entire class, is he the best prospect. Not only does he have a high floor, but his upside could have him as a potential franchise player further down the road.

Defensively, he would be a nice addition to their perimeter coverage and would be another big transition threat. Edwards' high motor and physique make him essentially a brick wall for guards to find an opening. 

Scott Brooks' up-tempo offense fits with Edwards' game. And the most enticing element is that Edwards is fine being off the ball. That's exactly what Washington would need with Wall, Beal, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura needing their offensive touches. Edwards would keep defenders honest and draw plenty of attention on every drive in the post. Positionally, he rebounds well and could fill in some gaps on the boards, but he wouldn't address the full team issue.

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76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

The Philadelphia 76ers arrived in Orlando for the 2019-20 NBA restart Thursday afternoon and star big-man Joel Embiid quickly made headlines with his bubble attire. 

This get-up needs no intro, take a look for yourself.

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On top of the hazmat suit (which we're not quite sure how he got his hands on one so large) Embiid was decked out with his facemask and gloves as well.

Embiid commented on the Walt Disney World Resort bubble earlier this week during a Zoom press conference when he stated he doesn't believe in the restart plan.

“I’m not a big fan of the idea," Embiid said. "But then again, I’m going to do my job. I’m not going to let the city down. I’m going to represent my city, my family, my teammates - that’s what I’ve always done.” 

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“I know I’m going to do the right things,” Embiid said. "I don’t ever do anything. I only play video games. I’m always home. I don’t do anything. But then again, I don’t trust those other guys to do the same. But like I said, I got to do my job."

Being too careful during this pandemic isn't a thing, so kudos to Embiid for breaking out all the stops. 

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WATCH: Dallas Mavericks throw balcony dance party in Orlando NBA restart bubble

WATCH: Dallas Mavericks throw balcony dance party in Orlando NBA restart bubble

True fans of basketball all know how exciting this season's Dallas Mavericks team is to watch on the hardwood, but after watching this video you'll learn that the fun doesn't stop there.  

The Mavericks arrived to the World Disney Resort in Orlando on July 8 and it seems as though it didn't take them long to get acclimated to the new living arrangements. 

Take a look.

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"48 hours of self-isolation can‘t stop DJ Ice-o and DJ Q from turning up 🎧🎧!" Mavericks center Max Kleber said in the caption.

As you can see, Mavericks centers Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are hosting a full-on block party from the confines of their quarantined balconies. 

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In the video, you can see other players showing off their dance moves like MVP candidate Luka Doncic, sharpshooter J.J. Barea, and forward Dorian Finney Smith. 

Not sure if the Wizards can top this performance, but we'd all love to see an attempt. 

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