Ahead of tonight’s NBA draft lottery drawing, UGA star Anthony Edwards was asked about being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. Edwards like the idea a lot.
“That’s my home, so that’d be like a dream-come-true for me if I play for the Hawks,” Edwards told Bleacher Report.
“I’m real cool with (current Hawks players) Trae Young and Cam Reddish so playing for the Hawks would be crazy.”
The Hawks have a 12.5% chance of winning the No. 1 pick in tonight’s NBA draft lottery drawing, per ESPN.
Back to the 19-year-old Edwards: He was the nation’s No. 1-ranked player out of high school, and he surely lived up to the hype in his one season of playing at UGA. He averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, and was the first Bulldogs player to earn the award of SEC Freshman of the Year.
The 6-foot-5 combo guard is also attempting to become the first Georgia player to be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. If he’s not No. 1, he seems be a lock for the top three. Edwards was asked if he felt like he was the best player in this year’s class, and like an elite prospect, he felt like he was.
“I feel like I am, yeah,” Edwards said.
What do you think separates you?
“I feel like me on the defensive end. Like if I lock in every time on the defensive end, nobody is better than me in the draft. Of course, I feel like I can score the ball the best – pass, rebound, all types of stuff. But I feel like defense is going to separate everybody in the draft.”
The NBA draft lottery will tip off at 8:30 Thursday night.