In just three years, Anthony Edwards has become the most important player for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That is saying a lot considering he is playing alongside athletes such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert.
But this season has had definitive proof of just how talented Edwards is.
NBA TV pointed out that Edwards has one of the highest point averages for any shooting guard age 21 and under in the history of the league.
Edwards is averaging 24.6 points per game, ahead of Kobe Bryant and behind only Devin Booker (24.9), Tracy McGrady (26.8), and Michael Jordan (28.2).
Highest PPG by a shooting guard age 21 and under in NBA History, via @NBATV
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 8, 2023
Edwards has evolved his level of play this season, with practically every aspect of his game at career highs.
He is the best on his team in terms of points per game, three-pointers, and field goals.
And he is also playing like a man who is ready to be a leader and not afraid of the responsibility of being the Timberwolves’ most pivotal star.
Towns has been out of the game for months now because of an injury, and that has allowed Edwards to find his voice even more and take the reins.
It has also allowed him to build stronger relationships with multiple teammates, including Gobert, who is playing better than he has been for most of the season.
Because of Edwards’ wonderful season, he earned his first All-Star selection this year.
Yet, his team is still sitting in the middle of the pack in the West with a ho-hum 34-33 record.
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