If available, Cavs can’t pass up Anthony Edwards in 2020 NBA Draft

Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards brings the ball up. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards brings the ball up. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Anthony Edwards, Cleveland Cavaliers
Georgia Bulldogs guard Anthony Edwards gestures to the crowd. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Sexton and Edwards would be quite the starting backcourt, and Edwards would be freed up on the Cleveland Cavaliers

A drafting of Edwards would bring Sexton back to the lead guard and Garland to the bench. A move like this would allow Sexton to guard players more similar to his height/weight and could lead to improvement from Collin on defense.

The pairing of Sexton and Edwards would have a lot of potential. It would allow Sexton to operate more freely with a legit two-guard next to him.

This would mean teams may not crash hard on Sexton when he drives, and if a defense does, Sexton could use his improved court vision, at least in terms of drive-and-kick feel, to find Edwards either cutting to the hoop, or for an open jump shot.

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While Edwards has his strengths, there are also areas of his game that need improvement. While there were nights Edwards’ three-point shot was on target, he only shot 29.4 percent for the season from beyond the arc, per Sports Reference.

Some of this had to do with poor shot selection, but another factor is the fact that Edwards was by far the best player on his team.

This meant opposing teams would tailor the vast majority of their game plan around slowing down the freshman guard, and ESPN’s Mike Schmitz touched on that a bit with Edwards early on in his past season here, among other aspects of his game.

At the next level, Edwards will not be the center of every scouting report, at least at first, and would surely get more open looks. But even if a team gears up to slow Edwards down, he does well at passing out of drives and has decent court vision.

Edwards is also the kind of player that would really help jump-start the Cavs’ rebuilding efforts.