T-Wolves’ Anthony Edwards makes NBA history with torrid three-game stretch
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards is taking the NBA by storm, and no further evidence is needed beyond how the No. 1 pick’s recent torrid three-game stretch made league history.
Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns put on a dominant display Thursday night in the T-Wolves’ 123-119 comeback victory over the Phoenix Suns. Edwards led the way with 42 points — the second time in as many games where he put up a career-best effort — with Towns nearly matching the rookie’s offensive output with a 41-point performance.
Edwards’ impressive outing against the Suns follows two previous outstanding games for the rookie. And in doing so, Edwards became the first teenager in NBA history to score 100-plus points in a three-game stretch.
It doesn’t end there, either, when it comes to how Edwards’ tremendous play of late is putting him in rarefied air alongside some seriously elite company.
Interestingly enough, one of the superstars on the above list offered up extremely laudatory praise for Edwards earlier this season.
It certainly appears at this point that the T-Wolves chose correctly when taking Edwards with the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. After starting the season coming off the bench, Edwards has flourished since joining Minnesota’s starting five. All told and across 41 games, Edwards is averaging 16.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Not eye-popping numbers by any measure, but it is important to remember Edwards is just 19 years old and still acclimating to the NBA.
Despite Edwards’ remarkably solid rookie season, the combination of ongoing organizational dysfunction, a midseason coaching change as well as injuries and other issues that kept Towns and D’Angelo Russell off the court for extended stretches, the Timberwolves once again still find themselves in the NBA’s cellar. Following Thursday’s win, Minnesota sits at a league-worst 10-31 record.
That said, with Edwards, the case can be made there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for the long-suffering Timberwolves organization.