Pat Beverley has played with some great players over the course of his career. Anthony Edwards could end up being the No. 1.
The second-year Minnesota Timberwolves guard is emerging as one of the game’s bright young stars after being selected first overall in the 2020 draft.
You can see all the promise in his game. Beverley sees it so much that he told JJ Redick on “The Old Man and the Three” that he thinks Edwards could be the next Michael Jordan.
“If I say this, I know you guys are going to look at me like I’m crazy and I’m going to put all that pressure on that kid," Beverley said. "But I told him, man, you’ve got a chance to be Michael Jordan. You really do.
“I’ve been around a lot of (players), and the kid doesn’t indulge in anything negative. JJ, you know what I mean, off the court he doesn’t indulge in anything negative -- just all positivity, all video games. His talent level and skill level, it’s crazy, he has the chance to be really, really, really special. Really special in this league.”
You’ll remember Edwards made waves ahead of the draft when he basically said he didn’t love basketball, but was just really good at it.
That doesn’t necessarily line up with the killer instinct guys like Jordan had. Beverley is so sure in the natural ability that he doesn’t worry about that.
“He was destined for greatness regardless, he’s one of those types of people. Anything he touched growing up that he put his energy into would turn to gold. Anything,” Beverley said. “He’s gifted, and you don’t see that in a lot of people. So for me to be here amongst him and nurture him through this whole NBA process, what to do day-to-day, how to take care of your body. Everything happens for a reason, everything. I’m telling you, he’s going to be a stud.”
Time will tell. But the early returns on Edwards have been promising, and such an endorsement from Beverley is quite the feather in the 20-year-old’s cap.
And, for what it's worth, Edwards doesn't think Jordan or LeBron James is the greatest player of all-time.