The 2020 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 25, and despite the coronavirus pandemic, we need to start looking at prospects and where they might land. After the NBA Draft Lottery takes place, teams will know where they’re selecting in the first round. Even though we don’t know where each team will pick, there’s no reason we can’t start speculating where prospects will end up on draft night. In this segment, we’ll be looking at each top prospect and breaking down their best and worst possible destination in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
Best possible destination: Atlanta Hawks
This isn’t an easy fit for Edwards at the top of this draft. There are a lot of guards in the 2020 class, particularly in the lottery. So this makes it difficult to say which team is the “best” fit for Edwards, who is predominantly a scoring combo guard. If Edwards can develop into a strong two-way guard, I think he’s a perfect fit on Atlanta. I mean, come on, the hometown hero narrative!
Sure, I know Trae Young is the guy in A-Town. Trae should continue to dominate the ball for the Hawks even if Edwards is in town, which is fine. When I look at Atlanta’s depth chart, there’s a glaring need for talent at shooting guard. Kevin Heurter is a fine 6th or 7th man off the bench, but he isn’t the answer. Behind him you have Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and DeAndre’ Bembry. Reddish and Hunter are still young and haven’t proven much. Both are also versatile enough to play the 3. A starting five of Young, Edwards, Hunter, John Collins and Clint Capela would be very competitive in the East. Down the road, Edwards seems like a great player to pair with Trae for year’s to come.
Worst possible destination: Minnesota Timberwolves
First, I want to say that a guy like Edwards — a bonafide scorer — should be able to fit on most teams. The issue for the Timberwolves is they already have one in D’Angelo Russell. Aside from Edwards potential on defense and power getting to the basket, there are similarities between the Georgia product and D’Lo. Mostly that both are scorers. The T-Wolves also have Karl-Anthony Towns of course and brought in Malik Beasley. I could see Minny being content with the backcourt of D’Lo and Beasley, looking to address problems with interior defense. Let’s also not forget Jarrett Culver. The T-Wolves are another team that recently drafted a young guard in the lottery.