1. Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
While the shooting guard doesn’t carry the same gravitas as recent first overall picks such as Zion Williamson, Karl-Anthony Towns, or Anthony Davis, he does seem suited for a long and successful career at the NBA level.
The freshman is currently listed at a solid 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. There is also a chance that he continues to grow in the near future. This frame, combined with his 6-foot-9 wingspan, should allow him to score and guard his position with proficiency.
He has an excellent ability to finish through contact. His skills as an athlete also allow him to play above the rim by dunking in traffic.
Edwards’ ability to score is his best asset. He has the ability to shoot from outside the three-point line and finish in the paint. The star is currently averaging 19.5 points per game on 50 percent shooting overall and 30 percent from three.
He is also averaging an impressive 5.3 rebounds per contest. This is a skill that scouts project will translate well to the professional level.
Like any young prospect, Edwards has areas in which he can improve. Most notably is his consistency as an outside shooter and his mid-range game (particularly his floaters and running shots).
However, he would immediately help any NBA team in the scoring department. Imagine a world where the Warriors were able to play Curry at point guard, Edwards at the two, and shift Thompson to small forward.
The trio would easily make for one of the most dangerous backcourts in recent memory.