Mike Conley shows that he is the leader the Timberwolves always needed

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This year, the Minnesota Timberwolves are realistic championship competitors. They have the star power in Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. They have the defensive star in Rudy Gobert, who has been having some historic nights as of late, and who also is a possible Defensive Player of the Year at this current point in the season. They also have bench players and role players that fit around the stars perfectly.

But most importantly, they have leaders' and veterans' experience. Specifically, they have a guy like Mike Conley, who has been in the league for 17 years now and has really seen it all. He has been the perfect leader and the guy who can take a bit of responsibility for Anthony Edwards taking such a huge leap in his game.

A lot of people were skeptical of the Timberwolves getting Conley, and rightfully so since he is getting up there in age, and he is the starting point guard. However, it has been a perfect fit in 2023-24.

On Saturday, during their game against the Indiana Pacers, Conley showed exactly that, as he helped Anthony Edwards in the best way possible.

Edwards was struggling to shoot the ball after the first quarter. According to Alan Horton of Wolves Radio, Edwards shot 17% from the floor in the first quarter, and after Conley talked to him, that all changed.

"I just encouraged him," Conley said after the game. "I'll stop shooting for you if you wanna get a few more shots up & get your rhythm."

Horton tweeted out that after Conley talked to Edwards, Ant ended up shooting 14/19 for the rest of the game.

Conley is the ultimate leader and maybe the best leader the Wolves have ever had. He is experienced, has won in the regular season and playoffs, and knows how to mentor young guys. He could end up being the best thing for Anthony Edwards's career when all is said and done.

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