Calling someone the next Michael Jordan is an enormous order for anyone in basketball, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been inspiring the conversation.
The 20-year-old guard is averaging over 20 points per game this season in powerful fashion. His strength, confidence, and aerial prowess at such a young age has the 2020 no. 1 overall pick drawing comparisons to His Airness himself.
In his appearance on The Basketball Society Podcast, prospect specialist Rashad Phillips says Edwards is “cut from that shooting guard cloth” and it gives you “that Michael Jordan vibe.”
That’s like saying there’s only one Drake, right? But you may hear an artist and say he kind of has that Drake vibe. Doesn’t mean that he’s going to be Drake. But it’s the fact that he kind of carries a little bit of that aura that gives you some Drake thoughts.
Phillips, known to the basketball world as Yoda for his insight and foresight when it comes to evaluating prospects, has put together his own basketball Position Manual. The former University of Detroit-Mercy standout said watching players like LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, and Stephen Curry led him to believe that we shouldn’t call untraditional basketball players traditional positions anymore.
Even though Edwards lost out on Rookie of the Year to LaMelo Ball, he has MVP aspirations for the future.
Phillips received a call before the 2020 NBA Draft from a former NBA player who insisted that Edwards would become a superstar in the league.
After admittedly being on the fence, Phillips now claims that Edwards has only two more years before we start calling him a legitimate superstar.