The Minnesota Timberwolves conducted months of interviews and workouts, reviewed hours upon hours of video and held all-day and all-night front-office meetings to discuss draft prospects.
By the time 8 p.m. ET rolled around on Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas and his staff calculated who would help the franchise take the step next toward the playoffs.
Anthony Edwards, the 19-year-old shooting guard who spent his freshman season at Georgia, is the player the Timberwolves want alongside center-forward Karl-Anthony Towns and guard D’Angelo Russell.
Edwards was with family and friends and had drawings of his mom, Yvette, and grandmother, Shirley, who both died in 2015, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced his name as the No. pick in the draft.
Anthony Edwards, guard, Georgia (Photo: Joe Rondone, Memphis Commercial Appeal)
Edwards joins Dominque Wilkins as the only players from Georgia to go in the top five of the draft.
At 6-5, 225 pounds, Edwards has an amazing upside as a scorer. He averaged 19.1 points and scored 37 points, including 33 in the second half, against Michigan State last season. But there are some questions about his drive and dedication.
Given the amount of time the Timberwolves put into this draft, Edwards assuaged any concerns.
In the NBA’s first virtual draft – because of COVID-19 – Silver called selections from an ESPN studio in Connecticut. Draft prospects were sent “gifting lockers” that included a Microsoft Surface tablet, Beat Powerbeats Pro earbuds, iPhone with tripod, Ring light, Beats Pill wireless speaker and hats for every team.
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