2021-22 Thunder player grades: Rob Edwards

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(Editor’s note: We are starting individual grades for all players from the 2021-22 Oklahoma City Thunder. To access other reviews as part of this ongoing series, click here.)

With the 2021-22 regular season now officially in the books, the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-58) finished their season with the fourth-best lottery odds. This means it is now time for individual player grades for all 26 players who suited up for the team this season during the 82 games. The grades will be determined by what the season expectations were for each player and how they lived up to them.

The twenty-fifth player in the installment is Rob Edwards, who made his NBA debut this season after spending the last couple of seasons in the G League with the Oklahoma City Blue.

2021-22 statistics

1.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0 assists on 25 percent shooting and 25 percent three-point shooting in two games.

Significant Advanced Statistics

Total rebound percentage: 14 percent

3PAr-plus: 250

Contract

2021-22: $53,176

Thoughts

Considering he only played in two games with the Thunder, there’s not much to say about Edwards’ short stay with the team. Edwards has been a fixture for the Blue for the last two seasons now and Thunder fans have seen glimpses of him in Summer League and preseason.

Edwards was signed to the team, along with Scotty Hopson and Olivier Sarr, to 10-day deals in December whenever health and safety protocols were hitting the team hard and needed extra bodies to play in NBA games.

Edwards is known to be a gunner from outside and that was evident in his 11 minutes on the floor as all four of his shot attempts were from beyond the arc.

Considering the fact that he’s already 25 years old, there’s probably not much room for growth for Edwards from here on out. He’s going to be a thick guard who can shoot from outside and isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. Not sure if Edwards really has a place in the NBA that doesn’t involve him signing short deals or getting a two-way spot, but he’s been solid for the Blue and I assume he’ll be back with the G League next season.

Perhaps Edwards gets another shot to play NBA games this season if the team shifts to player development in the late weeks of the year due to no longer playing games of consequence. Thunder general manager Sam Presti alluded to in his exit interview that next season finishing out in a similar way like these last two seasons have.

Final Grade

It’s really hard to evaluate Edwards based off of just two games and 11 minutes total. Edwards showed that he’s not afraid to shoot from three as all four of his attempts were from outside. Edwards will likely stay in the G League with the Blue as he signed back on with the team after his short stint with the Thunder.

Good on Edwards for achieving his dream of making the NBA and getting a couple of game checks, but it’s hard to see him suddenly develop into a full-time NBA player.

Final Grade: F

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