Teams picking at the top of the NBA Draft are always interested in big-time scorers. That makes Anthony Edwards a hot commodity.
Anthony Edwards heads into the 2020 NBA Draft as the top collegiate prospect. That doesn’t mean he’s a lock to achieve greatness at the next level. The former Georgia standout needs to be drafted by the right team in order to unlock his prodigious potential.
It’s easy to see why scouts are intrigued by his offensive potential. He’s a powerful guard who uses his quickness and strength to overpower individual defenders. Combine that with a silky smooth jumper and there’s an easy recipe for terrific offensive production at the next level.
The challenge for Edwards will be learning to operate efficiently inside a team concept. He was forced to do it all for his college team. That led to some questionable shot selection and inconsistent effort on the defensive end of the floor. He desperately needs a quality ecosystem at the next level to put a halt to those bad habits.
That makes Edwards more dependent on fit than some other elite prospects in his class. Landing with one of the following five teams would be ideal.
5. San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have one of the best cultures in the NBA and they need to find a potential star. They’d need a lot of lottery luck to get in a position to take Edwards, but San Antonio represents a great landing spot for the mercurial guard.
Pairing him alongside Dejounte Murray in the backcourt would help conceal a lot of Edwards’ defensive weaknesses. His (still somewhat theoretical) jump shooting ability would also give the Spurs offense some much-needed spacing.
Most importantly, landing Edwards would give San Antonio a boost of roster flexibility going forward. They need a spark to build around for the future. Edwards could ignite the rest of the Spurs roster.