The Minnesota Timberwolves have been having another horrible campaign this year but first overall pick Anthony Edwards is proving to be the silver lining of this disappointing year.
The 19-year-old explosive guard showed off his stellar scoring by dropping a career-high 42 points on 15-31 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals to take the win over the Phoenix Suns, 123-119.
The recent performance puts Edwards in a very elite category as one of the youngest players to score 40 points in league history.
He’s now the third-youngest player ever to score 40 points, being 19 years and 225 days old when he did it. He’s behind Kevin Durant, who did it at the age of 19 years and 200 days and LeBron James, who did it at the age of 19 years and 88 days.
LaMelo Ball has been the main focus this year when talking about the Rookie of the Year but Edwards has certainly put himself forward as a candidate for the awards.
This season, he’s been averaging 16.8 points, leading all rookies along with 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals while shooting 39.7%.
He’s been showing off his athleticism and ability to score at a high-level in his first year in the league.
In his last 10 games, he’s been averaging 24.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals on 40.8% shooting from the field. He’s certainly shown that he has the potential to become an elite scorer in the league despite his poor shooting – which he’s got plenty of time to improve on.
Despite being a rookie, he’s the Timberwolves’ fourth best scorer already behind Karl Anthony-Towns (23.1 PPG), Malik Beasley (20.5 PPG) and D’Angelo Russell (19.3 PPG).
The Minnesota Timberwolves are the worst team in the league with 10-31 record this season but Edwards is showing that he could be one to help turn the franchise around in the next 2-3 years alongside Towns and Russell.
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