Many analysts considered Edwards, nicknamed Ant-Man, to be the player with the most potential in this year’s draft. That’s because at 6′ 5″ 230 pounds, he’s quick for his size and has good perimeter shooting, ESPN wrote in its draft analysis of Edwards. He led all of Division I freshmen with an average 19 points a game. Though most expect it will take some time for him to develop into an NBA star.
Edwards was obviously elated.
“It is an indescribable feeling,” Edwards told ESPN. “My family is emotional. I feel like when I get off of here, I am going to be emotional. I am just blessed beyond measure to be in this situation.”
The 19-year-old will join the core of center Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell on the Timberwolves.
After Edwards was off the board, Golden State Warriors drafted James Wiseman. The Charlotte Hornets chose LaMelo Ball with the third pick. Patrick Williams went to the Bulls, and the Cavaliers selected Isaac Okoro to round out the top 5.
Fans Split Over No. 1 Pick Anthony Edwards
Though the NBA saw Anthony Edwards’ upside potential, not all fans were sold. The legion of Monday morning quarterbacks went to Twitter to hem and haw over the choice.
Some fans were happy with the selection. They saw Edwards as the future of the team. Even Timberwolves point guard D’Angelo Russell seemed excited about the choice.
Though, many fans aren’t sold on Edwards. Some feel that he was unproven as he came from a 16-16 Bulldogs team that went 5-13 in the SEC last season. Many say they would prefer the Timberwolves select Ball, who the Hornets took with the No. 3 pick.