Wait… Who is Betting Favorite to Lead Team USA Basketball in Scoring?

Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards is set to represent the USA basketball team in the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics, scheduled to begin next month. This marks Edwards’ second consecutive year representing the USA, following his participation in last year’s FIBA World Cup.

After Anthony Edwards made the team, he made it clear that he wasn’t content with just being a part of it, he aimed to earn a spot in the starting lineup. Given the team’s formidable talent, featuring stars like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, and Jayson Tatum, cracking the starting five will be a tall task.

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards favored to lead Team USA in Olympic scoring

The starting lineup likely won’t be confirmed until the first game, but the first exhibition game scheduled for July 10th provide a bit more clarity. Until then… let’s look at what the oddsmakers have to say.

While there isn’t anything on who will be named to Team USA’s starting lineup, you can bet on who will lead the star-studded lineup in points. And according to Bovada, Anthony Edwards is currently favored to be that guy for the Americans.

Odds for Team USA Leading Points Getter

Team USA – Paris 2024Leading Scorer
Anthony Edwards+475
Joel Embiid+500
Kevin Durant+550
Stephen Curry+600
Devin Booker+650
LeBron James+700
Jayson Tatum+700
Anthony Davis+1600
Kawhi Leonard+2500
Tyrese Haliburton+3500
True Holiday+7500
Bam Adebayo+10000
Bovada

Does Anthony Edwards being the favorite mean he will be in the starting 5? Not necessarily, but the fact that he is the betting favorite certainly isn’t insignificant. Do the sportsbooks know something we don’t? I mean, is it realistic to think that Anthony Edwards could lead Team USA in scoring from the bench? Seems pretty impossible, given who else is on that team.

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Last summer, Anthony Edwards shouldered the load for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, leading the squad with an impressive 18.9 points per game. However, this year’s Olympic team promises to be far more stacked with talent compared to that roster. In fact, Edwards and Tyrese Haliburton are the only two players from the FIBA World Cup team who will also be representing the USA at the Olympics.

It’s going to be amazing watching Anthony Edwards proudly represent the USA in the Olympics. Seeing him out there on the court with LeBron and other basketball legends will be incredibly exciting for not just Timberwolves fans, but basketball fans across the USA.

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