The 2020 NBA drafts concluded yesterday. Anthony Edwards was drafted as the no.1 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Edwards is one of the best prospects in this draft class but has constantly been in the headlines for his controversial comments.
Edwards has been pretty vocal about his interests away from the game. He is also an aspiring rapper, but he wasn’t too impressed with Portland Trail Blazers’ star Damian Lillard’s rapping.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Alex Scarborough, when Edwards mentioned that he was an aspiring rapper, he was asked, “So like Damian Lillard?”
Edwards said, “But I really can rap. Dame, talking about — I don’t know what he’s talking about. I’m rapping like Lil Baby.” Lillard has had a decent career as a rapper. Till now he has released 3 albums and has 558,412 monthly releases on Spotify.
Taking a jab at an established star before even starting an NBA game can come back to haunt Edwards. A rookie in the NBA depends a lot on the veterans for development. This comment might not help his cause.
This comment was one of many controversial comments that Edwards had made in the interview. A number of pundits have been skeptical of the number one pick and have questioned his love for the game.
How good is Anthony Edwards?
Anthony Edwards might have a made some controversial comments off-the-court but there is no doubting his ability on the court.
Edwards is a very dynamic player who can use his power and explosive athleticism to take the ball to the point. He also has a very smooth step-back jumper and is a scoring threat every time he touches the ball.
He is also capable of creating his own shot and is capable of shooting off the dribble.
Edwards can be too much for a defender. He is a true power guard but has a bigger frame which can help him power through defenders.
The #1 pick has some downsides to his game. He has been inconsistent in his shot selection, which has been a major concern for pundits.
It will be interesting to see how he fits in with Karl Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell in Minnesota. The Timberwolves need a two-way guard. In Edwards, they will get a player who is more than capable to fit in the role.
If he can work on his short-comings, it won’t be long before we see a new star in Timberwolves.
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