Much like how Ant-Man is a slept-on superhero, the Minnesota Timberwolves think that their Ant-Man is being slept on big-time.
FanSided released a ranking this week of the top 25 NBA players under 25 years old. Wolves star Anthony Edwards did not even make the cut and came in at No. 29 as one of the “best of the rest.” Edwards ranked behind role players like Gary Trent Jr. and Matisse Thybulle as well as Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham, who has yet to play in a single NBA game.
The Wolves reacted to the list by simply tweeting an ellipsis to indicate complete and utter speechlessness.
The 20-year-old Edwards was a stud as a rookie. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game while also appearing in all 72 games for Minnesota. It was the highest-scoring rookie season in Wolves history.
If Edwards’ numbers on the court are not enough to convince you that he is one of the best young athletes around, maybe his performance in other sports will do the trick.
Anthony Edwards has talked himself up as a multi-sport talent on several occasions, but he apparently has no problem backing up those claims.
The Minnesota Timberwolves star posted a video of himself at the bowling alley to his Instagram Story this week. Edwards had just finished bowling a 243 and was hyping himself up. Check out the video below (but beware that it has bad language).
Edwards’ impressive game featured a run of seven strikes in a row as well as two additional spares. A perfect score in bowling is a 300, which Edwards was not too far off from.
The former top overall pick played Pop Warner football as a kid and was one of the top youth running backs in the country. Edwards also played baseball when he was younger and recently said that he could throw 100 mph with a month of training. When it comes to bowling, Edwards can do numbers there too, way better than what we have seen from NBA players before.
At 20 years old and coming off an excellent rookie season, Anthony Edwards appears to have hit another growth spurt.
Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch told reporters on Wednesday that Edwards has grown this offseason to 6-foot-6, per Chris Hine of The Star Tribune. For reference, Edwards was 6-foot-4 when the Wolves drafted him last November.
Finch adds that the team may now be more comfortable using Edwards as a small-ball power forward thanks to the growth spurt. Finch also expressed confidence that Edwards will be able to rebound better as well.
The former No. 1 overall pick Edwards averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game last season. Those numbers were good enough to make All-Rookie First Team and to finish as the runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting to Charlotte Hornets star LaMelo Ball.
Edwards will be entering his sophomore year with a definite vengeance. A taller frame on top of that should make him even more of a terror to guard.
Anthony Edwards shared a brief but powerful reaction on Twitter Wednesday to losing the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Edwards, who averaged 19.3 points per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished behind LaMelo Ball for the award.
Edwards acknowledged the news on social media with two emojis. His tweet warned the rest of the NBA that he would be very motivated next season.
That’s a good thing for the Timberwolves, and a scary thing for the rest of the NBA.
But did Edwards deserve the award? Those who saw him the second half of the season probably think so. Edwards averaged 23.8 points per game after the break. But Ball was better immediately and throughout the season for Charlotte. Ball also helped the Hornets qualify for the play-in.
It’s hard to argue with the choice of Ball for the award. But Edwards taking the loss as motivation is a great sign for his future.
LaMelo Ball is considered the favorite to take home Rookie of the Year honors in the NBA, but Karl-Anthony Towns won’t let that happen without a fight.
After Friday night’s game, Towns gave an impassioned speech on behalf of Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Anthony Edwards. Towns argued that Edwards, the first overall pick in the 2020 draft, gets the most attention from opposing defenses and is facing double teams as a rookie, which speaks to his talent.
Edwards does lead all rookies with 19 points per game. Ball isn’t far behind with 15.9 points per game, though, and he bests Edwards in rebounds, assists, and steals per game.
Edwards isn’t shy about pointing out his contributions, and he’ll get his share of votes. It might be too late to overtake Ball for the award, though.
Anthony Edwards’ press conferences are the gift that keeps on giving.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had an impressive win Saturday over the NBA-best Utah Jazz. The second half was especially impressive for the Wolves, who outscored the Jazz by double digits.
After the game, Edwards received a question about why the team is closing out games better than they were in the earlier part of the season.
“I was on the bench back then,” the No. 1 overall pick hilariously replied, per team writer Dane Moore.
Edwards, 19, came up big in the win over Utah. He had 23 points and five steals, including a crucial swipe to ice the game with less than 30 seconds left. It is indeed a sharp contrast from the first half of the season where he was rarely in closing lineups under former head coach Ryan Saunders.
With Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball due back from injury soon, Edwards has some competition for Rookie of the Year honors. But at the very least, he is by far the most quotable rookie this season.