Anthony Edwards Nov 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) celebrates against the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Did someone compare a current NBA player to the greatest of all time?

ESPN’s Tim McMahon recently spoke to some scouts, and one in particular said Anthony Edwards is, “the next Michael Jordan,” during a segment on Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective.

That’s quite the compliment — yes, I realize that’s the understatement of the century, but what about Edwards would make him comparable to MJ?

The combination of size and strength? The athletic ability? His amazing offense? When he was introduced to the NBA he had been touted to become a 20-point scorer by his sophomore season, and her certainly did that, and then some as the seasons went by, earning an All-Star selection during the 2022-23 season.

McMahon and Tim Bontemps, who was also on the show, knew there could be a lot of aggregating from his quote, however. And well, if you’re reading this — they’d be right.

McMahon offered context, though.

“Context is coming, butt-sniffers,” McMahon responded. “The guy said, ‘Yeah, but it ain’t too far off.’ His point is, there aren’t very many guys that are that elite offensively, this kind of scorer who are also dominant defenders. Dominant defenders. He’s coming for Giannis’s crown as the best two-way superstar. When you talk about a guy who can light it up like he does offensively and then it’s overtime, game on the line, take the challenge and make Jayson Tatum, just lock up Jayson Tatum like he does.”

[The Hoop Collective]

About Jessica Kleinschmidt

Jess is a baseball fan with Reno, Nev. roots residing in the Bay Area. She is the host of "Short and to the Point" and is also a broadcaster with the Oakland A's Radio Network. She previously worked for and NBC Sports Bay Area.