Having won six of their last seven games, the Minnesota Timberwolves are putting themselves in increasingly good position to earn a top-six seed by the end of the regular season. After a dreadful losing streak, the Wolves have flipped the script and are looking like a team no one wants to see right now.
In large part, they can thank Anthony Edwards for this big turnaround. Since the turn of the new year, Edwards is averaging 23.4 points and has scored 20 or more in every contest except the game against the Clippers where he exited due to an injury concern.
Edwards’ talents are transcendent, and he is continuing to elevate his game in a way that will raise the ceiling for this Timberwolves team. Despite this, he is not receiving as much national attention as one might expect. Recent All-Star fan voting returns showed that Ant is not in the top 10 for votes among Western Conference guards.
Donovan Mitchell has taken notice of Anthony Edwards’ talent.
This is a disappointing development considering all that Edwards has accomplished this season. However, not everyone is turning a blind eye to the talent of Minnesota’s franchise player. After the Timberwolves’ comeback win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell had high praise for the young stud’s game.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for him,” said Mitchell. “He’s a guy that’s right there. He should be an All-Star this year. It’s tough for the guards in the West, but he should definitely be up there.”
It is refreshing to see players in the league, especially ones of Mitchell’s caliber, go to bat for Anthony Edwards and recognize what he is doing this season. Even if he is not in as big of a national media spotlight, what Edwards has accomplished this year is worth celebrating.
Ultimately, Ant could still end up being selected to the 2023 All-Star game. Though he has not been in the top 10 among fan votes, NBA player votes and media votes will also be taken into consideration when the final roster is chosen.
But with fans accounting for 50% of the final All-Star vote, Timberwolves fans will need to step up and get votes in for their star if they want to see him in Salt Lake City next month.