As FIBA World Cup exhibition play continues, fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves will want to tune in to see all that Anthony Edwards is doing. In the United States’ 92-62 victory over Slovenia on Saturday, Edwards showed once again why he can be the best player on the US roster.
Ant Man notched his second consecutive 15-point game for the United States while playing excellent defense. He continues to showcase his refined repertoire on both sides of the floor while helping the US take care of inferior competition ahead of World Cup play.
Midway through the second quarter of Saturday’s game, Edwards pulled off a play for the highlight reels. As Slovenia brought the ball up the floor, Ant forced a turnover by picking off a bad pass in transition. Mikal Bridges picked up the loose ball and threw it ahead to Jalen Brunson, who lobbed it off the backboard to a trailing Anthony Edwards.
Anthony Edwards showed his high-level athletic ability on this play.
Catching the lob from Brunson, Edwards threw down an emphatic two-handed dunk to wow the audience. All in one play, Ant showed his defensive instincts as well as the top-tier athleticism he has become known for.
It is plays like this that epitomize his case as the best player on the US roster for the World Cup. On a team that lacks a clear number one, it is a fantastic opportunity for Anthony Edwards to rise above his peers and show that he is worthy of leading this team to a first-place finish.
His inspired play at the World Cup should also be inspiring to Timberwolves fans concerning the upcoming NBA season as well. If Edwards brings his game to a new level on the international stage, it will be a good omen for what is to come.