CJ McCollum lets Anthony Edwards know that he needs to work on his jumpshot if he wants to succeed in the West.
The most sought-after prospect in this year’s draft, Anthony Edwards, was taken first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to the draft, Edwards, like all other top prospects, was interviewed on what it felt like to finally be a part of the NBA.
Edwards had a rather peculiar response and said that he actually does not like the game of basketball. He claimed he could not watch basketball and that if the NFL came knocking, he’d answer the door.
This isn’t what is expected from the number 1 in a draft and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum addressed this on the Load Management podcast.
CJ McCollum gives Anthony Edwards advice on how to succeed out West.
In addition to his lax comments on basketball, Edwards also said that he would love to be a rapper. When asked about Damian Lillard, Edwards claimed he was better than Dame DOLLA.
On the Load Management podcast, CJ McCollum basically said that Edwards needs to focus on basketball and, “He should work on that jumper. You can’t run in the West.”
Bleacher Report apparently twisted CJ’s words and made it out to be something different. In response to this, McCollum tweeted out, “Y’all gotta chill. I’m not looking forward to playing nobody lol.”
Y’all gotta chill. . I’m not looking forward to playing nobody lol. I treat every game the same: I actually like his game. But he do need to work on that jumper. He got everything else and you can’t run in the West. Facts only. https://t.co/FWOz0x1vRU
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) November 25, 2020
He also double downed and reiterated the fact that Edwards does need to develop a consistent jumper.
Will Anthony Edwards develop a respectable jumpshot?
Edwards has always struggled with being a consistent shooter from beyond the arc. He is a savant at creating space and his own shot, but what it comes down to is whether or not Edwards can knock down the shots he gets upon creating space.
His mid range game is respectable but to succeed in the NBA in the 2020s, you need defences to respect your shot.
“Ant-Man” is only 19 years old so this is most certainly an aspect of his game he can work on in the gym.