At times, Anthony Edwards’ rookie season with the Minnesota Timberwolves has appeared to be one of the up and down variety. But as the season has gone on and minutes have piled up for the young Georgia University alum, Edwards has become the trustworthy and steady face that fans can always trust to see in the Wolves lineup. That’s saying something with this team.
Sure, Ant’s certainly had his rookie moments but, no matter how early you’re drafted, that’s to be expected. Remember, Anthony Edwards was supposed to be a complimentary piece to a lineup that already had it’s featured stars. He was supposed to provide electricity off the bench while D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns and Malik Beasley dominated the ball for the first team.
Instead, we’ve seen the opposite. Injuries and pandemic circumstances have led to less KAT, less DLo and A LOT of Anthony Edwards. With that extra playing time, a future superstar has emerged. Now, at just 19-years (252 days), Ant has become the 5th-youngest NBA player in history to score 1000 points in his career..
And the names surrounding him on the list are eye-opening.
A1 from day one! 5th youngest to 1,000 career points. pic.twitter.com/okv7HuSLXO— Jim Petersen (@JimPeteHoops) April 15, 2021
Anthony Edwards has been making his case for Rookie of the Year 😤🏆 @theantedwards_
Last eight games:
24 points | 27 points | 19 points | 27 points | 22 points | 24 points | 23 points | 27 points pic.twitter.com/JheNH0ESlJ— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) April 10, 2021
The only dude on this list ranked above Edwards who doesn’t have an MVP award, is Devin Booker and that could certainly still happen. LeBron, Kobe and Durant have six MVP’s between the three of them.
We can rip on Ant for the lack of defense he provides and some of the stupid shots he takes but he’s not the only dude listed above who’s been accused of lazy defense or has taken stupid shots. Kobe created the stupid shot. He literally made his living off of a mid-range turnaround that isn’t even in the league anymore because of its inefficiency.
The best parts about Anthony Edwards go beyond his scoring abilities. Ant has the “it” factor that it takes to be truly great. He wants the ball in big moments and he knows he’s the best player on the basketball floor when he gets hot. He has that killer mentality and it comes out almost nightly. That doesn’t guarantee super stardom but you can’t achieve that level without it.
Ant is also as real as they come. The Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t know it when they entered 2020-21 but their locker room needed Anthony Edwards. His easy-going and always loving personality has noticeably brought the Wolves together as friends. He’s infectious and you only have to watch him talk into a microphone for a couple of sentences to feel it.
Still, he shows moments (especially lately) where you can tell that losing games is getting to him. That’s promising too. Because losing sucks.
Can someone please get Anthony Edwards his own show already 🤣 pic.twitter.com/nEOBLJwUqI— Highly Questionable (@HQonESPN) April 14, 2021
That was one of Anthony Edwards' more dejected postgame media sessions of the year.— jace frederick (@JaceFrederick) April 14, 2021
Asked what the team isn't doing the last couple games that it had been doing previously, Edwards said, "Not caring about winning. That's it. That's the biggest thing."
Anthony Edwards isn’t getting the love locally or around the league that he deserves and it’s time we change that. Ant is going to win Rookie of the Year and then he’s going to help the Timberwolves, along with KAT, Gersson and A-Rod, rise to relevance.
Yeah, I said it.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan