Is Anthony Edwards ascending to NBA elite status with latest victory?

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The third season for any NBA player is oftentimes the make-or-break year. But for Minnesota Timberwolves’ young shooting guard Anthony Edwards, his third season has become more of a career-defining season. Edwards is already well on his way to taking his play among some of the best NBA players this season. But as the Timberwolves roster struggles with injuries, he has become the duct tape of the team.

And he has not failed to suit up.

If something rips, rusts, breaks, falls apart, or bursts, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch simply applies some of Anthony Edwards to the problem, and it’s temporarily fixed.  That is not to say that Edwards can do everything. But so far, he has been the duct tape that has been used to repair or patch up obvious holes in the Minnesota Timberwolves roster as players have fallen to injury.

Edwards growing up

Isn’t that the first sign of maturity? A player who is willing to accept roles that are better for the team than his own statistics? Well, if there was doubt about Anthony Edwards’s maturity level, and there were plenty of reasons to question it, those concerns should be fading now.

Rather, they should be replaced with a growing level of respect and admiration for the young man who, at 21 years of age, has been forced into the spotlight for the team, and not for reasons of his own choosing. He is there because the team needs him to be there.

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With a long losing streak that had dropped the Minnesota Timberwolves to the precipice of failure, he has taken the team on his back to turn this season around. Now, he is getting healthy players back on the Timberwolves roster to help him do exactly that. Even other young players on the Timberwolves roster are stepping out from the shadows and following his lead. After all, not even Anthony Edwards can do it alone