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Anthony Edwards On Losing Out On The Rookie Of The Year Award: "I’m Trying To Be MVP. I’m Not Really Worried About Rookie Of The Year."

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Anthony Edwards was viewed as a very talented prospect going into the NBA, and thus far, he has delivered. Anthony Edwards is averaging 24.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 3.3 APG in his sophomore season, and he has the makings of a future superstar.

Despite his talent, Anthony Edwards did not win the Rookie of the Year award last year, losing out to point guard LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets. When asked about missing out on the award by Mark Medina of NBA.com, Edwards claimed that he was "happy" that LaMelo Ball won it, and that he wasn't "worried" about it because he is "trying to be MVP".

I don’t care about that. I’m happy ‘Melo got it. They were saying our Draft class wasn’t going to be good, anyway. So, it didn’t bother me that I didn’t get it.

I’m trying to be MVP. I’m not really worried about Rookie of the Year.

That is certainly a good mindset to have. While both Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball deserved to win the award, LaMelo Ball ended up prevailing. However, Anthony Edwards clearly has his sights set on higher goals, and it is quite possible that he is an MVP-caliber player in the future.

With that being said, to be an MVP you generally have to have team success, and the Minnesota Timberwolves have not made the playoffs since the 2017-18 season with Jimmy Butler. They are 4-7 right now. Perhaps if Anthony Edwards manages to lead them to the postseason in the future, then he can be in the MVP conversation.

Anthony Edwards has previously claimed that if he were to get to 6'6 he'd become Michael Jordan, so the confidence is certainly there. Hopefully, Edwards is able to achieve his goals and based on his athleticism and skill, it's tough to bet against him.