It's Becoming Harder And Harder To Not Love Absolutely Everything About Anthony Edwards
I don't even consider myself a Wolves fan and yet I find myself unable to get enough of Anthony Edwards. We know he's a postgame and press conference quote machine. Honestly, it's more whenever he is put in front of a mic really. The guy always delivers. Whether it's a funny angle
or other times we see him show his willingness to be a leader despite being just 20 years old
That's all the type of stuff you ideally want to see from one of your franchise cornerstone pieces. Then you remember that oh yeah, Anthony Edwards is also really really really really really good at basketball. As I've mentioned before, I am a big time sucker for watching guys make NBA history. I don't care what it is, if there's history being made I'm into it. Last night, that's exactly what Edwards did
What you just watched was the youngest player in NBA history to ever make 10 3PM in a game. He also became the 7th player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in their first 100 games by age 20. Who else is on that list? Oh I dunno, just some generational talents you may or may not have heard of
Once Edwards became a starter last year, he took off. He had himself a legit case for ROY but LaMelo was also deserving so you really couldn't go wrong either way. Now in his second season, all Edwards has done is improve across the board. His efficiency has gone up from 41% to 43% despite the increase in FGA. His 3P% is up from 32% to 36%. His rebounding is up from 3.8 to 4.6. His assists are up from 2.9 to 3.6. His steals are up from 1.1 to 1.6. His points are up from 19 to 22. Again, he's 20 years old.
Not only that, but the Wolves are still in the play-in conversation through 28 games! Sure they are 13-15, but whatever. A good week could have them as high as 5th before you know it, and the play of Edwards is a huge reason why. When you start to talk about the next wave of NBA talent and faces of the league, we're seeing no reason why Edwards should not be included on that list. All he's done since arriving in the NBA is be awesome and show the world why he's a worthy #1 pick.
For Wolves fans, you could say they deserve this one. Lord knows pretty much nothing has gone right these past 15 years. Especially when it comes to the Draft. Passing twice on Steph has shown to be pretty terrible. Taking KAT in 2015 was a no brianer. Since then? How's Kriss Dun (5th) or Jarrett Culver (6th) working out? Much like any other small market team, it's crucial that when given an opportunity to select a generational talent, you don't screw it up. Through his first 100 games, I think we can all agree the Wolves made a good choice.
The other reason why Edwards being this legit is a big deal? It increases the odds that KAT is willing to stay in MIN. That might be the most important piece of this entire puzzle. The Wolves have to do everything they can to keep KAT happy. They brought in his best friend in DLo which was a big first step. Next, they drafted a legit stud to fill the wing role of that trio. If the team can finally have some success and maybe even make the playoffs, it's less likely that KAT ends up demanding a trade once he starts to get close to the last few years of his current deal.
It's exciting to think how good Edwards could be once he gets to like his 200th career game since he's this awesome already. It just goes to show you how well the league is positioned as we transition out of the LeBron/Steph era. Something tells me a guy like Edwards has as good a shot as any to be one of the best players in the league one day. As a fan of a rebuilding small market team, that's really all you could ask for.