The Minnesota Timberwolves have shown resiliency when they have been forced to allow Anthony Edwards to call the plays and run the floor. So why not make that a permanent change?
We know that D’Angelo Russell’s production has rebounded (pun intended) after the team removed many of his point guard duties.
But now the challenge is even more complicated than ever. Timberwolves power forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns will soon return to the Timberwolves roster, eager to compete and help to lead the team on a second-half run for the NBA Playoffs. But the team has placed the insignia of the floor general role, the point forward, onto power forward Kyle Anderson.
When Karl-Anthony Towns returns, that will complicate the Timberwolves roster in a less than pleasant way. With KAT on the floor, the Timberwolves starting lineup is back to the drawing board in terms of who will run the plays. One obvious solution is to simply revert D’Angelo Russell to his point guard role, and then share that with either Kyle Anderson or backup Jordan McLaughlin (when he is healthy enough to return).
Timberwolves rumors: Flip Anthony Edwards to point guard
But another option is to expand the role of shooting guard Anthony Edwards to encompass some aspects of a point guard role. The Timberwolves rumors of flipping Anthony Edwards to a point guard role have been reported multiple times this season, but the scenarios were a one-time stopgap measure to help out the team in a pinch. But we’re talking a more formal shift now, along the lines of how James Harden shifted for the Houston Rockets to the point guard role.
That worked out very well. The same outcome could take place for the Timberwolves and Anthony Edwards:
The downside is that Edwards could be bogged down in a similar fashion as D’Angelo Russell. But if that happens, the team can simply reverse course and find another alternative.
A better version of Anthony Edwards
The upside is that Edwards gains an even better vision of the basketball court. That new perspective has already been something that A1 finds plenty of fun at.
Developing AntMan into the best basketball player he can become may even get a boost if he is cross-trained at this point in his NBA career. Improving his basketball IQ, his floor vision, and synching him up even more to the intentions and wishes of Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch are all steps in the right direction to doing so.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Intentional or not, the Timberwolves find themselves in the unenviable position of needing to fabricate a point guard to run this high-performance team at the midpoint of the 2022-23 NBA season. There may be other options, and there may be easier options. But I for one do not think that there is a better option for the Timberwolves roster right now than Anthony Edwards.