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Why 2020 NBA No.1 Pick Anthony Edward's Questionable "Work Ethic" Won't be a Problem

Ryan Beltran

Posted on December 1, 2020 05:30

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Anthony "The Ant-Man" Edwards, who was recently drafted as the No.1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves is filled with exciting intrigue with his exciting offensive ability and athletic leaping playstyle that can translate to stardom. He is also met with some doubt from experts and media with questions about his mindset and "passion" for basketball that people feel will limit his potential to grow.

On November 18th, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

At 6-foot-6, 230lbs, through High School and one year at University of Georgia, Edwards showcased an array of talented scoring ability and top-level athletic ability that top scouts believe can propel him into an elite NBA All-Star player if he fulfills his potential.

However, even with the positives of his future as an NBA player, this year’s 2020 NBA Draft class was regarded as a weak class compared to others, and all the top prospects have major criticism about how they will translate into the NBA including Edwards.

One of the concerns scouts feared about Edwards was his questionable work ethic and his overall passion for basketball itself. In an interview with ESPN, Edwards sparked some controversy when talking about his dedication to the fame outside the court. 

In response to a question asked by ESPN’s Alex Scarborough about how much time he likes to spend watching basketball during his free time, Edwards responded saying:

"I’m still not really into it. I love basketball… basketball is my heart, but football is where I started, so I’ll never forget about that."

The quote from Edwards was kind of spoken out of context, since Edwards does later reiterate in later interviews that he still loves basketball, mainly explaining he prefers watching postseason basketball more compared to the regular season and that he still wants to enjoy trying to be the best he can be in the NBA.

In general, even if Edwards doesn’t have the same love of basketball compared to others and even has his own interests outside the sport, I don’t believe this should be seen as a detriment that will stall him from achieving his potential in the NBA.

Nowadays, there seems to be a lot of pressure for these young players to model their demeanor and work ethic from the greats like Kobe to Lebron, who epitomize the definition of living and breathing the game of basketball everyday as relentless gym rats.

While I agree that NBA players really need to invest a certain level of time at the gym to master their craft, skills, and strength to reach a higher level in the NBA, it feels like people think it’s an absolute necessity for these young guys to be thinking and working basketball twenty-four hours a day.

Even if you look at other examples in life, many other athletes, celebrities in other professions, and even average Americans who work normal jobs aren’t always 100% in love with their profession.

This could be a concerning issue if Edwards doesn’t show examples of mature responsibility as a player and teammate, but if Edwards comes with a respectable consistent work ethic in addition to having a positive mindset, and if he just invests the right amount of time in basketball, he can do great things while still enjoying  football and other forms of leisure.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on December 1, 2020 05:30

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