Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking at a pressure-filled season as they look to make the twin towers of Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert work on two towers as they look to make their second consecutive playoff appearance.
One thing the T-Wolves do know is that Edwards is a cornerstone and possibly the future face of the franchise. The third-year Georgia guard has made himself a popular star not only for his high-flying play, but also for his post-game quotes and off-court personality. This season alone, he has already gone viral for it Shooting With friends and in a Sprite With Hawks star Trae Young.
However, Edwards isn’t just focused on having a great summer off the court. The Timberwolves’ star guard was seen as a “monster” during the summer.
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With his brother Bubba, longtime coach Justin Holland, and player development coach Chris Hines, Edwards is working to improve things like his long-range shooting, defense and evolution as a playmaker. Coach Chris Finch will also want Edwards to improve as a closer throughout the season.
“Man, I’m working on everything,” Edwards said in John Krawczynski. “You’re just getting better. I’m trying to take that leap this year and be the best player I can be. I’m trying to take my team as far as we can.”
By adding Gobert to the lineup, Minnesota’s guards will be playing with a premier pick-and-roll player. The Wolves are thin at point guard. D’Angelo Russell and Jordan McLaughlin are the main floor generals, so Edwards plays not only by being a bucket, but by letting his teammates do the work of scoring with ease.
Additionally, Minnesota believes Gobert can unleash another Ant-Man game as the NBA’s best rebounder, best rebounder and elite rim protector who has won three DPOY’s (2018-2019, 2021). With Gobert screens forcing switches or taking Edwards out for a bucket, the Timberwolves will see another level of graduation.
Defensively, the T-Wolves hope Edwards and Jaden McDaniel can continue to develop into elite defenders. His work will help Gobert, who has been the subject of criticism for not being as strong defensively on switches as he is in the paint. If Edwards and McDaniel eliminate the need to guard Gobert on the perimeter, Minnesota could have a solid defense capable of shutting down any NBA offense.
“Maybe in a year or two, I feel like I’ll figure out everything I need to do in the summer,” Edwards said. “Now, I’m getting it. It is going well,” he said.
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Last season, Edwards averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists on 52.7 percent shooting from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. Ant-Man was instrumental in Minnesota’s 46-game winning streak and first playoff berth in four seasons. Although the Colts are separated by six games, the young team has learned a lot about being able to close out games and take advantage of cementing leads.
After a big summer of fun and development, Minnesota and its fan base will be hoping that Edwards, Towns and Gobert can lead the Timberwolves to new levels of excellence.
“I feel like I’m working harder than I’ve ever been,” Edwards said. “Now I am happy with the result. I’m glad to see what’s headed to court.