This year's draft class was one for the ages. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the NCAA to cancel its tourney, so NBA teams didn't have enough footage to properly assess some of the prospects.
Then again, even among all the uncertainties, most people thought that Anthony Edwards was one of the few can't-miss talents declaring for the NBA Draft, judging by his brief stint at Georgia.
Others thought that James Wiseman or LaMelo Ball would be wiser choices due to Edwards' erratic shot selection and lack of commitment on the defensive end. Fast-forward to today, and it's pretty clear that the first-overall pick has silenced his doubters.
So, now that he's establishing as one of the most impressive rookies of the past couple of years, Edwards said that he's not trying to earn the respect of the league or his haters and that he doesn't actually care at all:
"I don't really care about earning anybody respect. I don't want nobody to respect me. I want everybody to think what they was thinking before I got drafted," the prized rookie said, as quoted by Dane Moore.
That quote was on point with what he's shown thus far during his brief time in the league. Edwards has been overly confident, daring, and hasn't hesitated to take shots at some of his colleges (RJ Barrett, we're looking at you).
More often than not, players with such a big mouth don't fare too well in professional sports. They talk a big game before earning their stripes and then fail to back it up on the court.
Well, so far, Edwards seems to be breaking that mold, as he's blossoming into an outstanding NBA player and an unstoppable scorer right before our eyes, and he's not even close to scratching his surface.
Right now, he's averaging 18.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game and the sky seems to be the limit for him.