Anthony Edwards took a life on Friday night, and left the Toronto Raptors in his wake.
Edwards has played like a No. 1 overall pick over the past two weeks or so. The Georgia product can dunk with the best of them, but it’s his adjustment to playing professionally that has been the most impressive. Edwards has averaged 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 10 games this month. His minutes per game has increased by six as well, backing up the idea that he’s far more acclimated to the Timberwolves rotation.
On Friday, Edwards turned a corner and went back to his roots — the viral highlights that made him a household name in high school and eventually in Athens.
SENT THAT MAN TO THE NETHERREALM. pic.twitter.com/gswBcrCUKw
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 20, 2021
Edwards caught a body. RIP to Yuta Watanabe.
Edwards has bettered himself as a playmaker as well
Edwards has nearly totaled his overall assist total from his first two months of the season in February. The Wolves are letting him play on the ball more, rather than merely flashing towards the rim. He’s cut down on his turnovers, a typical issue for rookies. Yet, Edwards has already shaken off those demons.
Living up to the expectations of a No. 1 overall pick is tough enough, not to mention Edwards was a part of a relatively weak draft class. Most years, he wouldn’t have the unfair potential linked to him.
It’s also fair to point out that Karl-Anthony Towns missed a significant portion of the season for Minnesota, meaning the Wolves didn’t have their best player in Edwards’ first games as a professional. Now, with Towns forcing opponents to devote more attention to the paint, Edwards has more room to operate. Friday night’s highlight is just one example of that.