Anthony Edwards – Next Michael Jordan?

Patrick Beverley who now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves and is Edwards’ teammate seems to think so.

Patrick Beverley made an appearance on JJ Redick’s podcast, The Old Man and the Three. JJ Redick is a retired basketball player that was known to be lethal from 3 point range and is considered a top 10 shooter of all time. Patrick Beverley who now plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves had some high praise for his current teammate Anthony Edwards when asked about him on the podcast.

Patrick Beverley heaped praise on his young star and said that he told Anthony Edwards that he could be the next Michael Jordan. Objectively looking at it, it might be possible from a physical standpoint Edwards is the same height at 6’6″, athletic, and explosive on the court. A question that could arise regarding the comparison though, is whether Edwards has that killer mentality that Michael Jordan had.

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JJ Redick also pushed back with a similar point asking Beverley whether he saw anything that made Pat Bev feel like Edwards could be that killer. Beverley responded saying that Edwards was destined for greatness in whatever he chose to do. He did not reaffirm his Jordan comparison but said that Anthony Edwards (Ant-Man) was going to be a stud in the league for years to come.

Beverley was also asked about whether there were any particular dunks or plays that Edwards made that truly shocked him. Beverley mentioned a dunk Edwards had against Cleveland where he dribbled with his right and switched to the left mid-air to finish the dunk with his left hand. He made mention of the fact that Edwards is only 20 years old and imagined what he could do in his prime.

Now Beverley did say some other crazy stuff in the interview. He said that Karl Anthony Towns would be a Hall of Famer if he retired today. While KAT is a really good player, he hasn’t accomplished enough to be a Hall of Famer. Similarly, there is a lot of time left to see what kind of player Edwards becomes and whether he could really reach Heights that Jordan did.