4. Detroit Pistons snag Justin Edwards
The Pistons hope for a healthy season of Cade Cunningham, but Detroit will likely be back in the lottery. New head coach Monty Williams has a knack for getting the best out of his players and developing talent. Detroit lacks experience and is still a few years and pieces away from being a contender. Expect them to go best player available with an emphasis on a difference-making wing.
Edwards is in the running to be the top selection in this class. The 6’8 wing projects to be the go-to scorer for a Kentucky team loaded with talent. His versatility intrigues NBA teams. Edwards can handle the ball, get to the rim, and just flat-out score. The lefty can guard multiple positions on the other end of the floor and is the type of wing every NBA team desires.
It will be interesting to see if his age plays a factor. Justin Edwards will be 20 years old by the time draft night rolls around. He is a bit more polished, but also a full year older than many of the top prospects in this class.
Edwards must prove he can consistently knock down jumpers in the mid-range and beyond the arc if he wants to be the number one overall pick and a go-to scorer in the NBA. He will get plenty of opportunities at Kentucky and is certainly a player fans should be watching closely.