The Impact of Kerr's Pre-2020 Draft Conversation on Anthony Edwards' Career Trajectory

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The Impact of Kerr’s Pre-2020 Draft Conversation on Anthony Edwards’ Career Trajectory


“Unquestionably, he’s the guy,” declared Coach Steve Kerr when discussing Anthony Edwards’ role on Team USA this summer at the World Cup, where Edwards emerged as the team’s leading scorer.

However, Kerr’s perspective on Edwards’ game was quite different before the 2020 NBA Draft. At that time, the Golden State Warriors held the No. 2 pick, and Edwards, who eventually went No. 1 to the Timberwolves, had a memorable workout with Kerr that left a lasting impression. Edwards recalled Kerr’s tough-love approach during the workout, recounting how the coach continually stopped him, questioning his effort with phrases like, “That’s all you got? That’s all you got?” Edwards was puzzled, thinking he was giving it his all, and sweating profusely in the process.

Later that evening, Edwards dined with Kerr and Bob Myers, the Warriors’ team president at the time, who reiterated the same message. They even told Edwards that if they had the No. 1 overall pick, they wouldn’t have selected him.

During their dinner conversation, Kerr and Myers emphasized that Edwards needed to witness the work ethic of players like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson. Edwards was taken aback by their comments, admitting, “Damn, that’s crazy.”

Kerr’s approach seemed to ignite a fire in Edwards, who immediately discussed with his trainer how he could push himself further. Ultimately, the Timberwolves selected Edwards as the No. 1 pick, while the Warriors chose James Wiseman at No. 2.

Kerr unintentionally motivated Edwards once more during the USA Basketball training camp. Initially, Kerr envisioned Edwards as the team’s sixth man, playing a role similar to “Dwayne Wade” as a scoring threat off the bench. However, Edwards was not content with that role and stated, “There is no Kobe on this team,” referring to Wade’s bench role. He went on to prove himself as a starter and emerged as the team’s best player.

As Edwards appears poised for a breakout season with the Timberwolves, it raises intriguing questions for Minnesota. After making significant moves to acquire Rudy Gobert and create a twin towers front line alongside Karl-Anthony Towns, how will Coach Chris Finch adapt to make Edwards the focal point and star of the team?

In many ways, it was Kerr who set Edwards on this transformative path, motivating him to reach new heights in his career.

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