Five months later than originally scheduled, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards with the first pick of the 2020 NBA draft on Wednesday.
The Golden State Warriors took center James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick, and guard LaMelo Ball followed as the third pick to the Charlotte Hornets.
Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound guard from Atlanta who spent his lone collegiate season at Georgia, joins a young Timberwolves core led by star center Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell. Edwards led all Division I freshmen with 19.1 points per game last season and was the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year.
Edwards joins Markelle Fultz as the only players in the lottery era to go No. 1 overall coming from a program with a record of .500 or worse in his final college season, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. The Bulldogs went 16-16, including 5-13 in the SEC.
“It is an indescribable feeling,” Edwards said on ESPN shortly after being selected. “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.”
Edwards, Wiseman and Ball were each, at different times, projected to be the top pick in the draft. Edwards, however, was the best positional fit for Minnesota — Wiseman shares the same position as Towns, and Ball shares the same position as Russell — and emerged as the likely top pick in the days leading up to Wednesday’s draft.
He has sharp long-range shooting touch, an ability to score off the dribble and a nose for driving to the basket — plenty to overshadow his uneven one-and-done college season.
“We really challenged him on who he’s been to this point and what he’s going to become into the future,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas said. “The passion for who he wants to become is something that we’re excited about.”
The Timberwolves were also busy on the trade front as they acquired Ricky Rubio from the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 17th overall pick in the draft.
In that trade, the Timberwolves acquired the 25th pick in the draft which was paired with the 33rd overall selection to acquire Argentinian guard Leandro Bolmaro from the New York Knicks per Stadium’s Shams Charania.
With their final pick of the first round, the Timberwolves selected Washington forward Jaden McDaniels at 28th overall. As a 6-foot-10 player with a versatile skill set that should translate on the defensive end.