ANTHONY EDWARDS

BIRTHDATE: 8/5/01

POSITION: Combo Guard

HEIGHT: 6'4"

WEIGHT: 210 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Georgia

CLASS: Freshman

STRENGTHS

  • High scoring combo guard with a style that fits modern NBA

  • NBA athleticism, fluidity and explosiveness

  • Quick first step, can beat defenders one on one

  • Strong frame, can absorb and play through contact

  • Over powers smaller and weaker defenders

  • Shifty ball handler

  • Offensive creativity

  • Comfortable shooting off the dribble

  • Scoring in transition 

  • Tough to stop when he gets downhill

  • Has the handle and creativity to get to his sweet spots

  • Uses side steps to dodge defenders when going to the rim

  • Strong rebounder that likes to turn misses into fast break opportunities

  • Great potential as a lead ball handler playmaker

  • Plays with a good pace and switches speeds

AREAS TO IMPROVE

  • Poor FT shooter

  • Shot selection, tendency to take tough/bad shots

  • Drives without a plan

  • Turnover prone

  • Needs to add floaters and soft touch finishes around the rim

  • Must improve as a passer/creating for teammates

  • Mid range game

 

Anthony Edwards passes the eye test with his athleticism, scoring ability and passing. He's a natural scorer with blessed with elite physical tools that bullies smaller defenders and blows by guards and bigs off the dribble. It's hard to find an accurate player comparison as I see a little Harden, Wade, Waiters and Oladipo in his game. While he's a natural 2, I can eventually see him as a lead ball handler/playmaker that would be ideally paired with a shooting point guard. At this stage in his career he's a pretty good passer but will need to improve as a playmaker in order to reach his full potential.

Edwards is already advanced in the pick & roll and is comfortable shooting off the dribble when defenders go under the screen. He's at his best when he's in transition and attacking downhill where he has the strength to absorb contact and is good at drawing fouls. One of the things I really like about Edwards game is he plays at a good pace and switches speeds. 

 

As far as areas of improvement, I don't really see any major glaring weaknesses at this point in his career outside of his free throw shooting. He'll need to improve his shooting, cut down on turnovers and add some soft touch finishes around the rim, but he just turned 18 and will only be a couple months into his 19th birthday on opening night for the 2021-22 season.

 

Rafael Barlowe - September 24, 2019

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