Carsen Edwards: the Next Isaiah Thomas?

Boston Celtics' Carsen Edwards (4) reacts after making a three point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Cleveland. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 118-95. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

With the 33rd pick of the NBA draft in 2019, the Boston Celtics decided to take a shot on Purdue point guard, Carsen Edwards. Danny Ainge and the Celtics had a solid draft class last year. They selected Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, and Tremont Waters to go along with Edwards. Before the season was put on hold, Williams and Langford were seeing decent minutes. However, Edwards and Waters swung to the G League for some significant time. 

After getting drafted by Boston, it was clear that Edwards would not see much time in his rookie campaign. The Celtics were already set and stone at point guard after acquiring former Hornets star Kemba Walker in free agency. To go along with Walker, Boston was going with Brad Wanamaker at the backup. Although the Celtics already had their guards set, Edwards could still be a valuable asset off of the struggling Celtics bench in the future. 

Carsen Edwards:

Although Edwards is an undersized guard standing at 6-feet in shoes, he is one of the best scorers from the 2019 draft class. He made a name for himself after having a phenomenal junior year at Purdue University. After having a great regular season scoring the ball, he stole the show during March Madness. He started the tournament dropping 34 points against Minnesota, this would be his lowest-scoring performance of the tournament. He then went on to score 40 against Old Dominion, 39 against Villanova, 45 facing Tennessee, and then ended his college career with 44 points while shooting 56 percent in a heartbreaking season-ending loss against Virginia. 

It was clear Edwards was an elite tier scorer which was impressive at such a small height. Many people compared him to Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, but I think he resembles Isaiah Thomas the most. Not only does Carsen also wear the number 4 for the Celtics, but both guards are undersized. They both shoot the ball exceptionally well. However, one thing that sticks out is their ability to attack the basket at an elite level for their size. Both Isaiah and Carsen are very hard to defend because they can score from all parts of the court.

Isaiah Thomas:

We may never see Thomas get back to where he once was after dealing with a serious hip injury. However, he proved that he was a top guard in the league during his three years with Boston. In the 16-17 season, Isaiah was an MVP candidate with the Celtics after averaging nearly 29 points. However, Thomas was not able to finish the season after being sidelined due to injury. Later that offseason he was then traded to the Cavaliers in part of the Kyrie Irving deal. Isaiah then bounced around from team to team going to the Lakers, Nuggets, and then signing with the Wizards last offseason. However, he was traded again this year to the Clippers but was then released. Although Isaiah clearly isn’t on the elite level he once was, he proved how undersized guards like him could still dominate in the league. 

So now back to my point, the similarities between Edwards and Thomas are clearly there. Now it is just a matter of seeing how Edwards performs when given the opportunity. He knows that he is capable of being one of the best scorers in the league and hopes to see some decent minutes if the season were to resume. With one of the weakest benches in the league, Edwards’ time to prove himself is near. 

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