Timberwolves Selects SG Anthony Edwards with #1 Pick in 2020 NBA Draft

Georgia's Anthony Edwards (5) in March. Photo by Jonathan Mailhes/CSM/Shutterstock (10576727i)

The 2020 NBA Draft was finally held on Wednesday night, five months later than it was previously scheduled, and the Minnesota Timberwolves had the top pick and carte blanche to select whatever player they wanted.

They settled on Georgia Bulldogs shooting guard Anthony Edwards, turning into last night’s biggest prize at the virtual event.

Edwards burst onto the scene as one of college basketball’s best young players as a freshman last season before the campaign was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Atlanta native started 32 games for the Bulldogs, lighting up the scoreboard for 19.1 points per game on 40% shooting along with 5.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 steals.

The Timberwolves made the decision to select Edwards over other top prospects such as LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman due to his excellent scoring potential in the pro game. He is expected to be a volume scorer who will add explosiveness to Minnesota’s young core of players.

Ball, long considered to be the favorite to be the top pick in the draft, slid to #3 to the Charlotte Hornets while Wiseman went 2nd overall to the Golden State Warriors.

Expect Edwards to get plenty of playing time in the upcoming season as the Timberwolves look to take small steps towards contention.