Post originally appeared on Wildfire Radio Sports
June 20, 2019
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With the #33 pick in the draft, the Sixers selected Carsen Edwards out of Purdue. However, thanks to an earlier trade for Matisse Thybulle, the Sixers gave the 33rd pick to the Celtics.
Who is Carsen Edwards?
Carsen Edwards is from Houston, Texas where he averaged 26.3 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.9 rebounds. At Purdue, Edwards made an appearance in all 35 games. His sophomore year he came into his own from the offensive side, increasing his scoring average from 10.3 to 18.5 points per game. He was named First Team All-Big Ten and Purdue’s 30 win season was a school record. Famously, he scored 42 points on only 21 shots against Villanova in the NCAA tournament.
Carsen Edwards highlights
Edwards is a high scoring guard that can put up points quickly. He has good range, a quick release, and can gain separation. He’s also extremely fast, making him a nightmare in transition. Carsen Edwards has some passing woes, making him more of a backup point guard. He averaged 24.3 points and shot a college career-high 83.7% from the charity stripe. He also averaged a career-high this season in 1.3 steals per game.
Did Danny Ainge do it again?
Edwards draws comparisons to Quinn Cook, which would have made him an interesting backup point guard to Ben Simmons. He doesn’t have the passing and playmaking ability that Ben does, however, he’s more than capable of putting up points when the starters need a rest.
It’s been talked about before and it will be hammered home until the season starts. The Sixers need to run it back ESPECIALLY if free agency turns the East upside down. The Celtics have been looking to clear cap space after realizing they were losing Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. Aron Baynes opted into his contract, but the Celtics then traded him to the Suns.
If the C’s look to keep Terry Rozier, Carsen Edwards will be the backup PG. All of those positive qualities noted above will help Edwards add to the Celtics roster. Although they have some work to do in order to prepare for the season, is it possible that Danny Ainge fleeced the Sixers AGAIN? I don’t know, but the fact that the Sixers then traded away the 34th and 42nd pick certainly says something. I’m not really sure what the thought process is here, but I guess we’ll see.