As the 2020 NBA Draft approaches, we take in a look on the incoming rookies.
Anthony Edwards is one of the most talked-about basketball players in this year’s draft. Edwards is a 6 feet 5 inches Guard. The 19-year-old represented the Georgia Bulldogs college basketball team in 2019-2020.
He definitely put on a show in his one year at Georgia. The 225-pound guard, averaged 19.1 points per game, 2.8 assists per game while grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game. He averaged all these numbers while shooting 40% from the field.
On his debut, Anthony put on a show against Western Carolina. Anthony recorded 24 points, 4 steals while grabbing 9 rebounds in a 91-72 win for the Georgia Bulldogs. It was the most number of points by a Georgia freshman debutant since Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and NBA legend Dominique Wilkins in 1979.
On 26 November, Edwards had a season-high 37 points, scoring 33 of the points in the second half in a 93-85 loss against Michigan State at the Maui International. With this 37 point performance, he became the first Georgia freshman to score at least 37 points in a game since Jacky Dorsey in 1975.
Anthony Edwards was the top scorer on his team as well as among all the freshmen nationally. His performance throughout the season earned him second-team All-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year honours. He also collected SEC Freshman of the Week four times during the season, which is the most in Georgia history. Apart from all the accolades, he was one of the only 5 finalists for the Jerry West Award, an award which recognises the top shooting guard at the college level.
On March 20, 2020, Edwards declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Many consider him to be the number 1 pick in the draft. Edwards has a body of NFL running back, punishing defenders as he attacks the basket. He has great ball handles and has the ability to shut off the dribble. His confidence is off the charts. His efforts on the defensive end will attract teams to him.
He is compared to NBA All-Stars like Donovan Mitchell and Victor Oladipo.