Fans and even casual observers from around the NBA are all more than aware of Anthony Edwards’ massive talent at this point. The 22-year old phenom has come onto the scene as one of the top young players in the league, with a ridiculous amount of upside.
There is rightfully a lot of talk about what Edwards’ future holds in the NBA. He has the physical talent to be one of the best players this game has ever seen. At the same time, it is important to recognize how much of that talent is already being realized.
While he still has so much room to get better, Edwards is widely considered to be at least a top 20 player in the NBA today. Timberwolves fans are witnessing in real time the rise of a truly transcendent star.
Throughout preseason, there has been something noticeably different about Anthony Edwards. His conditioning appears to be off the charts, something that should come as very welcome news to fans in Minnesota.
Anthony Edwards’ conditioning appears to be on a different level
Of course, it is always a pleasant sight when a team’s franchise star is taking care of his body and coming prepared for the season. But this development is probably even more delightful to Wolves fans considering where Edwards was at physically this time last year.
Many remember Ant coming into the 2022-23 season just a tad out of shape. He infamously recorded zero dunks through the first several weeks of last season. Some thought this was due to him adjusting to life with Rudy Gobert in the paint, and certainly some of it could have been. But there was no doubt Edwards suffered from a slow start in general last October and November.
Things could not be more different this time around. Ant is coming off a summer where he trained and competed with the US national team at the World Cup, and he appears to be in the best shape of his life. His play on the court in preseason has reflected this as well.
This is yet another factor that appears to be swinging in the Timberwolves’ favor leading up to the season. Do not be surprised to see Anthony Edwards get off to a quick start when the regular season tips off.