Anthony Edwards (Kind of) Reacts to Rookie of the Year Snub on Twitter
Minnesota Timberwolves wing and 2020 #1 overall pick, Anthony Edwards, deserved to be the NBA Rookie of the Year but most who follow the league closely knew he wasn’t going to win the award. He plays in Minnesota and his last name isn’t “Ball”. Sometimes, life just isn’t fair and that’s the only logical explanation for why certain things take place in this world.
Still, the stats make the decision look pretty brutal. LaMelo Ball missed half the season (played 20 less games than Ant) and was really bad when he returned from injury.
Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball has been voted the NBA’s Rookie of the Year, sources tell ESPN. Announcement expected soon.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 16, 2021
LaMelo Ball vs. Anthony Edwards this season:— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 16, 2021
72 Games pic.twitter.com/I7EexWZXmt
LaMelo vs. Anthony Edwards since May 1st-— Sai (@LeGoatedOne) June 16, 2021
15 PPG (38/24/66) shooting splits
27 PPG (52/41/80)
May 1st is the date that Melo cameback from his injury. At that date, Anthony Edwards was rookie of the year while Melo was 6th. pic.twitter.com/05FF8rqXnt
Anthony Edwards Tweets
I wish we would have recorded Ant’s reaction to Ball receiving the ROY nod over him. Anytime Anthony Edwards is on camera, something good happens. Instead, we got an underwhelming reaction via a “quote tweet” on Twitter. Hopefully his play will do the talking.
Edwards quote tweeted an old coach/mentor of his, Justin Holland, who condemned the Rookie of the Year voters and forewarned the NBA for “poking the [Anthony Edwards] bear”. I would have preferred a social media video of Ant laughing it off and promising the same thing, himself… but this is about what I would have expected.
But, hopefully Ant does see this as bulletin board material for 2021. The Minnesota Timberwolves need him to take another big step next season if they’re going to do the same thing as a franchise.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan