The Minnesota Timberwolves have a gem in Anthony Edwards, and the NBA community is starting to recognize it. The shooting guard, although averaged 19.3 points in his rookie season, he had a hard time shooting the ball.
Mychal Thompson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft has taken cognizance of Edwards' abilities and compared him to two great former basketball players.
"If Dwyane Wade and Vince Carter had a baby, it would be him."
Vince Carter was a freakishly athletic player, who has the longest career in NBA history. The eight-time All-Star played for 22 seasons and also represented Team USA in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Wade is best known as an adept scorer and for his contributions in bringing three championships to Miami. He holds several records in the Miami Heat history, many that will not be broken anytime soon.
Edwards has had a brilliant start to the 2021-22 NBA season and has said that he's gunning for MVP.
“I’m trying to be MVP. I’m not really worried about Rookie of the Year.”
That was his response when asked in the post-game presser how he felt about not winning the 2021 Rookie of the Year award despite leading all rookies in points and minutes played.
The 2020 NBA draft No. 1 overall pick was all smiles after the Wolves decimated the Los Angeles Lakers 107-83 and put an end to a six-game losing streak. Although he was not a significant contributor to the team's scoring on the night, his teammates were happy with his performances.
According to team leader Karl-Anthony Towns:
"He played a game that was exactly what we needed from him.”
Unfortunately, his 21 points in their next game against the Los Angeles Clippers did not much in preventing a 27-point thrashing. The Wolves lost the game 129-102.
Edwards is averaging 24.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while also putting together a collection of highlight reels with his ferocious attacks on the rim.