Charlotte Hornets NBA Draft: Anthony Edwards is a top prospect

Heading into the 2020 NBA Draft, there will be a lot of talent for the Charlotte Hornets to look over. This prospect article will cover Anthony Edwards.

As the Charlotte Hornets continue to wait for news from the NBA, the team has had a lot of time to look through draft prospects. With the NBA Draft likely being set on a new date, the team will have even more time to find the right draftees.

For the fourth straight year, the Hornets will likely be drafting in the lottery. The team currently sits with a 23-42 record, which projects them to receive the 8th pick in this year’s draft.

Since the Hornets are looking to continue their rebuild, the team may be looking at taking the best available player. However, there’s a small chance they could end up with a top-3 pick in the draft.

During the 2019 offseason, the New Orleans Pelicans surprisingly won the lottery. Before the lottery, the Pelicans were projected to receive the 7th pick, while the New York Knicks had one of the best chances at the #1 pick.

As Charlotte heads into this year’s draft, there’s still a chance for the Hornets to win the lottery too. If the Hornets were to win it this season, they would have to Anthony Edwards with their pick.

About Charlotte Hornets draft prospect Anthony Edwards

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 225 pounds

Wingspan: 6’9″

2019-20 stats (per game): 19.1  points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 40% FG, 33.0 minutes

Strengths

  • Great size and length for a guard
  • Elite athleticism
  • Possesses a lot of strength at 18, seems NBA ready
  • Finishes well through contact
  • Has electrifying dunks
  • Good defender
  • Can score from anywhere

Weaknesses

  • Needs to improve free throw percentage
  • Needs to improve ball handling, limit turnovers
  • Settles for a lot of deep threes at times
  • Needs to improve his three-point percentage
  • Does not shoot a lot of mid-range shots

As the NBA Draft is set to sometime come, Anthony Edwards is projected to be one of the top picks in this year’s draft. With as well as Edwards played this season, it would be impossible for him to fall out of the top-3.

At 18-years-old, Edwards has proved that he’s ready to enter the league. His elite ability to score and shoot from deep has made him a dangerous offensive prospect.

Edwards started in all 32 games that he played in for the Georgia Bulldogs. In those games, he averaged 19.1 points per game, while also draining 72 three-pointers. However, Edwards shot 29% from three; a huge reason behind this was because of the number of threes he settled for.

While shooting 50% with his two-point shots, half of his shots still came from behind the arc. To avoid a bad three-point percentage, Edwards must look at improving his mid-range shot and look for easier baskets.

I would like to see Edwards continue to work on his free throw shot since he shot a disappointing 77% from the line. As an NBA guard, shooting free throws will be an important factor in his game to improve.

Edwards also has the strength to compete against many NBA guards, and his length should help him be a nice defensive option at either guard spot. As a team that’s working on their perimeter defense, adding Edwards would help the Hornets a lot.

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Getting the chance to draft Edwards will be a rare opportunity, but I doubt the Hornets would pass on him. Edwards is one of the strongest guards in the draft, so he should be on many teams’ draft boards.

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