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T-wolves keep it simple, draft Anthony Edwards No. 1 in wacky draft

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For months, the question was will Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball or James Wiseman get selected No. 1 in the 2020 NBA Draft. 

Then, after the Minnesota Timberwolves got the pick in the Draft Lottery, it was narrowed down to Edwards or Ball for the top selection. 

Each week there were new reports, workouts and interviews that would sway how the outside could best guess who the team was taking. Ultimately, the Timberwolves drafted the player everyone anticipated they would after the lottery in the Georgia product, Edwards. 

By most accounts, many consider Edwards one of the top pro-ready prospects of this class - certainly of the top three. His physique is that of an NBA player, and he has a versatile skill set that is made for NBA backcourts. When watching scouting video of his days with the Bulldogs, the 6-5 guard looked like a man among boys. 

In a draft class filled with uncertainty and a questionable amount of star talent, he's the most likely to have success. Wiseman and Ball showed promise, but much of their hype is how people project they will get better over time. Edwards' game translates now and even more importantly, it will match perfectly with what Minnesota is building. 

The T-wolves core consists of Karl Anthony-Towns and D'Angelo Russell, that's it. The other top two options in the draft played those exact same positions. Everyone else on the roster is likely expendable. Edwards fits in as an off-the-ball guard that will attack the rim but can also get hot from deep range, a notable weakness for Minnesota a year ago. 

 

There will be more picks for Minnesota down the line in this draft at the 17th and 33rd picks (for now). But, the team started out the night keeping it simple and getting the only real sure-fire thing that can be expected in the NBA Draft.