Re-drafting the 2020 NBA Draft — 2. Anthony Edwards, Golden State Warriors
When LaMelo Ball missed time with injury, Anthony Edwards was the only player to mount a serious challenge for Rookie of the Year. Ball ended up with the award — and rightfully so — but Edwards showed Minnesota why he was the No. 1 pick, and is certainly a worthy choice for Golden State now.
The Warriors desperately need another perimeter shot creator on the roster. Edwards gives them that, with confident pull-up shooting, excellent physicality at the rim, and considerable upside as a go-to scorer. He will need to become a more efficient 3-point shooter over time, and his assist numbers could stand to improve, but sharing the floor with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green is an ideal set-up.
Edwards has the bulk and length to play the three and start full-time next to Curry and Klay Thompson. He wouldn’t get as much free reign as he did in Minny, but that would serve only to increase his immediate impact on winning. For the season, he averaged 19.3 points and 4.7 rebounds on 41.7 percent from the field and 32.9 percent from deep.