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Kessler Edwards NBA Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection

The 2021 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 29th in Brooklyn. As that date continues to draw closer, the hype surrounding the incoming rookie class will only intensify. Draft night always marks an evening of newfound hope for the future. Franchise goals can range from rounding out a contending roster to drafting a cornerstone player for the future. Among the many intriguing prospects in this year’s NBA Draft is forward Kessler Edwards out of Pepperdine.

The following is a complete Kessler Edwards NBA Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.

Kessler Edwards NBA Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection

Kessler Edwards
Position:
Forward
Height: 6’8”
Weight: 200 lbs.
Age: 20
College: Pepperdine Waves

Kessler Edwards 2020-21 Stats

  • Games Played: 27
  • Points: 17.2
  • Rebounds: 6.8
  • Assists: 1.2
  • Field Goal Percentage: 49.1%
  • 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 37.8%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 87.6%
  • Steals: 1.0
  • Blocks: 1.2
  • Turnovers: 1.8

Kessler Edwards Highlights

Kessler Edwards NBA Draft Profile

Strengths

Physical attributes don’t appear to be much of a concern for Kessler Edwards. He has good size, athleticism and agility for the wing position. His biggest strength that NBA teams will covet is his 3-point shooting. Edwards shot a minimum of 37% from beyond the arc in each of his three collegiate seasons. At the same time, he averaged at least 4.0 attempts from deep per game. His jump shot has an unconventional release, he gets it off in a hurry. In addition, Edwards’ athleticism and quick hands make him a solid defensive player.

Weaknesses

Edwards is primarily being viewed as an early-to-mid Second Round pick for two things and two things only: three and D. He doesn’t appear to have the skill set to consistently create his own looks and be a primary scorer. Edwards struggled at times to shake defenders on drives to the cup at Pepperdine. In addition, his physical attributes are sound, but not overwhelming. He lacks explosion at the rim. The awkward shooting release shouldn’t be an issue. But then again, against NBA-caliber defenders, “should” is a dangerous word.

Pro Comparison

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Kessler Edwards NBA Draft profile stats highlights projection 2021
Credit: Young Kwak/Associated Press

Kessler Edwards Draft Projection

All 2021 NBA Draft projections are taken from the latest Bleacher Report mock draft by Jonathan Wasserman.

Kessler Edwards is currently projected to be drafted by the Sacramento Kings at No. 39 overall.


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