Carsen Edwards, Boston Celtics
Aggregate Mock Draft Rank in 2018: 70
Actual NBA Draft Position in 2019: 33
When the March Madness standout spoke to us, he touched on how he never saw himself as someone who would have been able to leave school early for the NBA Draft (via HoopsHype):
“I just continued to grow and get better every season. That was my main focus. Honestly, coming into college, I did not see myself being able to leave early. But after three years, I gradually got better and won games and we had winning seasons all three years with two conference championships and made it to two Sweet 16s. We also got a run in the tournament all three years I was there. Those were big.”
Perhaps the best thing to happen to Edwards after his remarkable scoring performances in the NCAA Tournament was not getting overhyped to the point where he was one of the Top 20 picks in the draft.
As a more modest selection, the guard is now more likely to be compared to someone like Patty Mills or Fred VanVleet rather than a franchise-changing player like Damian Lillard. While there are elements of his game similar to all three mentioned above, the expectations can now be a bit more fair on his game coming into the NBA.
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