The FIBA Basketball World Cup is set to start in just a few weeks and Team USA has assembled a group of some very impressive NBA stars to lead it.
But who is going to shine brightest for their country when the games start on August 25?
NBA analyst Tim Bontemps told “The Hoop Collective” podcast that he believes Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves might be the athlete who does the most this summer.
“With this team that does not have a clear superstar player…he’s got a chance to be the go-to guy on this team,” Bontemps said.
He added: “If this team wins the gold medal, it’s because I think Anthony Edwards is playing at that kind of level.”
Bontemps compared what Edwards might do with the work of Kevin Durant back in 2010, fresh off of signing a new contract and looking to prove himself.
He said that everything is lining up for Edwards to break out in a big way.
He noted that Team USA is a well-balanced team with many important players.
However, there is no particular star who they’d turn to when they need someone to score 10 points in the final quarter.
Edwards could be that star.
He just had one of his best seasons yet.
He averaged 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists a game on a 45.9% field goal percentage.
His points, rebounds, and percentage from the field were all at career highs.
It’s true that the Timberwolves didn’t have their greatest season yet but Edwards did a lot and secured his first All-Star selection because of it.
Now he is ready to keep proving himself and make his country proud.NEXT: D'Angelo Russell Names Thunder Star The Most 'Underrated' NBA Player