Warriors unlikely to draft Anthony Edwards due to character concerns

Warriors, Anthony Edwards (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Warriors, Anthony Edwards (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

The Golden State Warriors are unlikely to draft Anthony Edwards due to character concerns.

The Golden State Warriors are less than two months away from the 2020 NBA Draft. With speculation surrounding what they might do with their No. 2 overall pick, one player who they’be consistently been connected to is Anthony Edwards.

Edwards is seen by many as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft and few have him outside the top-three. A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Edwards excelled at Georgia averaging just shy of 20 points per game this past season.

However, despite his impressive numbers and pre-draft hype, a recent report seems to insist that the Warriors might not be too interested in selecting him.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported on Monday that the Warriors have concerns about Edwards, particularly when it comes to his character.

Wasserman had the following to say about league-wide concerns about Edwards.

"“Teams are worried about Edwards’ drive and enthusiasm for winning, and according to a source, the Golden State Warriors aren’t a likely landing spot due to these concerns. Scouts and executives have mentioned that his teams haven’t won at any level, and that he even forgets plays and actions.”"

The Warriors might have concerns over Anthony Edwards’ character.

Wasserman cites concerns about his drive and enthusiasm for winning as reasons why the Warriors wouldn’t seriously consider taking Edwards with their No. 2 overall pick.

Golden State has done a phenomenal job of building a winning culture over the past half-decade or so and they’ve done so by constructing a roster full of winning players with proven pedigrees.

The concerns with Edwards stem from the fact that, despite his incredible collegiate production, his teams have never won anything. Edwards and the Bulldogs finished just 5-13 in SEC play this season despite their star guard averaging 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.

Assuming this report is correct, we could also probably rule out the Warriors taking LaMelo Ball with their second overall pick. Wasserman also reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, who hold the top pick in the draft, prefer Ball over any other prospect.

However, a trade — either by Golden State or Minnesota — could change the outlook of the entire draft.

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Nonetheless, the Warriors might not be targeting Edwards after all. Or, of course, this could simply be another case of a pre-draft smokescreen.