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Timberwolves select Anthony Edwards with No. 1 overall pick in 2020 NBA Draft

The Minnesota Timberwolves have picked Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. We break down what it means.

NBA Draft Prospect, Anthony Edwards dribbles the ball during a pro day on October 29, 2020 at The Sports Academy in Newbury Park, California. Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves had the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected Georgia SG Anthony Edwards on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The Timberwolves secured the No. 1 overall pick after winning the NBA Draft lottery on August 20. Minnesota finished the 2019-20 season 19-45, the third-worst record in the NBA.

Edwards is a 6’5” shooting guard out of the University of Georgia. As a freshman with the Bulldogs last season, Edwards led the team in scoring at 19.1 points per game. Despite a poor pro day showing, Edwards was still viewed as one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft class. He has the frame and tools to develop into a premier combo guard at the next level. The only thing that could hold Edwards back is his defense, which needs to improve.

If we look at Minnesota’s depth chart, Edwards may not have a clear path to starting right away. He could come off the bench behind Malik Beasley and Josh Okogie. The T-Wolves also have last year’s first-round pick Jarrett Culver. It’s a crowded back court, though it’s unclear if Beasley will be on the roster when the season starts due to legal issues. Down the line, Edwards could create a solid 1-2 punch with starting PG D’Angelo Russell.

Fantasy Basketball analysis

Edwards has a chance to be the 3 in the T-Wolves’ Big 3 along with KAT and D’Lo. Initially, we should see Edwards push for the starting SG spot for Minnesota, which makes him fantasy relevant right away. If you’re in a deeper league, Edwards isn’t a bad sleeper pick at the end of the draft. In shallow leagues, Edwards may not be a guy you target right away. In dynasty leagues, Edwards will likely go higher than expected, mostly because his keeper value is solid with the T-Wolves being a young team.