I: Anthony Edwards
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. That phrase, although quite common, nails the extraordinary performance of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ young shooting guard Anthony Edwards in the 2022-23 NBA season.
There were many question marks hanging over the head of Edwards as he entered his third NBA season. Would he, could he, continue the impressive trek to join the NBA elite? Could he, would he, figure out a way to deliver to his fullest NBA potential? Not only did he deliver across the board for his team, but he did so while competing with a starting 5 that was constantly changing due to injuries. The only constant for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2022-23 regular season and the 2023 NBA Playoffs is the fact that Anthony Edwards played lights out.
It’s clear that the 2022-23 NBA season pivoted the direction of this team from Karl-Anthony Towns to Anthony Edwards. And based on comments by Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly, the team will do everything in its power to surround Edwards with complementary talent.
NBA voters missed it
But the NBA voters failed to notice. Edwards was not considered heavily in the voting for any awards and only made the NBA All-Star team after original players were unable to participate:
Just like McDaniels, Anthony Edwards outplayed some of the ones who were given the honors of the All-NBA team.
What can Edwards do better? For now, it’s up to Edwards to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to Round 2 or better in the NBA Playoffs. Will he do that because it could mean personal honors bestowed by NBA voters? No. He will do so because he believes that Minnesota Timberwolves fans who buy tickets and support the team through thick and thin deserve it.
And that is what makes him a born leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves going forward.