Anthony Edwards was drawing a lot of praise around the NBA even before making his debut as a professional. His brief stint at the University of Georgia was more than enough to prove that he was worthy of being last year's first-overall pick.
Edwards struggled with an inconsistent shooting early on in his career but ever since he took over as a starter, he's proven that the Minnesota Timberwolves landed a true gem in him.
That's obvious even to his rivals, as Paul George recently showered him in praise after his Los Angeles Clippers beat the Timberwolves:
"He can be a big player, a big-time talent. A strong, explosive kid. He has got a powerful game. He can do a little bit of everything: He can shoot the 3-ball, come off pin downs, play the pick-and-roll and he finishes strong at the basket. He can do a lot of things, you talk about a three-level scorer. He is elite. I see All-Star, possibly superstar. The sky is the limit for the kid," George said after the game, as quoted by USA Today's RotoWire.
That's a huge compliment coming from someone who usually doesn't give his rivals a lot of credit. Moreover, George is one of the best two-way players in the league, so he definitely knows what he's talking about.
With LaMelo Ball out with an injury, Anthony Edwards is now the leading candidate to win the Rookie of the Year honors. His scoring skills are only topped by his athleticism, and he has the physical tools to become an elite defender with time.
Thus far, the rookie guard has been quite impressive, posting averages of 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.2 three-pointers per game, and those numbers will only trend up as the season progresses and the game slows down for him.