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Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards ‘looks like a monster’ in workouts

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Timberwolves' Anthony Edwards 'looks like a monster' in workouts
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards recorded career-high numbers in his sophomore 2021-22 NBA season. Through 72 games played, the second-year player averaged 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

Edwards also averaged career-highs 44.1% shooting from the field and 35.7% from 3-point range. Now, according to Timberwolves columnist Jon Krawczynski, the Georgia product is practicing better at his summer workouts than he ever has before.

“I have had some conversations with Wolves people over the last couple of weeks here now who have been around Ant, who have been in workouts with him and have seen him up close and seen the work he’s putting in on his body, his game, on everything,” reported Krawczynski.

“I’ve had multiple people just say that he looks like a monster. We will see what happens when the lights come on, when training camp comes in and the games get going. I’ve heard a lot of really wave reviews about how Ant is looking.”

Now that Minnesota has three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, all eyes are on this team. During this offseason, Timberwolves G.M. Tim Connelly traded Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Leandro Bolmaro, Walker Kessler, Jarred Vanderbilt and five future first-round draft picks to the Utah Jazz for Gobert.

Watching Gobert, Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns play together should be interesting. The Timberwolves have 16 nationally televised games in the 2022-23 season.

Anthony Edwards is prepared to lead the Timberwolves back to the playoffs

Edwards was selected first overall by the Timberwolves in the 2020 NBA Draft. In his rookie 2020-21 season, Ant-Man averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Through 72 games and 55 starts, the guard also shot 41.7% from the floor and 32.9% from downtown.

Furthermore, Edwards was then selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. The guard celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month. And his 2022-23 team option was exercised on October 18, 2021. He will make $10,733,400 next season.

In the Timberwolves’ 123-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors on November 10, 2021, the guard scored a then career-high 48 points. He sank seven 3-pointers.

On Dec. 15, in the Timberwolves’ 124-107 win over the Denver Nuggets, Edwards became only the seventh player in NBA history to score at least 2,000 points in his first 100 career games before the age of 21. He joined LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson.

Then, in his team’s 127-121 win against the San Antonio Spurs on April 7, 2022, Edwards scored a career-high 49 points. He could top his own scoring record next season.

Last season, the guard ranked 19th in the NBA in points per game (21.3), 13th in steals per game (1.5), 12th in total steals (105) and 14th in made 3-pointers (215).

In the first round of the playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies bounced them in six games.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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