The Minnesota Timberwolves had the honor of picking first in the 2020 NBA Draft. Upon much deliberation, they chose Georgia guard Anthony Edwards, pairing him with 2015 first-overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns. Just over a year later, Edwards is putting up big numbers for a T-Wolves club attempting to make the postseason. And at the rate he’s going, it won’t be long before his name is mentioned alongside several of the best players in the NBA.
Anthony Edwards set two memorable benchmarks in the same game
Wednesday night, the Wolves traveled to the Rocky Mountains to take on reigning MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. Minnesota controlled the game all the way through, securing the 124-107 victory. A big reason why is because of a 38-point outing from Edwards, the second-most point he’s scored all season behind a 48-point clinic last month against the Golden State Warriors.
However, how Edwards secured his 38 points was more of the story. The 20-year-old hit 10 3-pointers in 14 attempts from beyond the arc, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to make 10 threes in a game. The previous record was held by Kyrie Irving, who at age 22 hit 10 3-pointers back in 2015. But the fun didn’t end there.
The second-year star also scored his 2,000th career point in his 100th career game. He became one of seven players to reach 2,000 points in 100 games at age 20 or younger, joining LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, and Irving. He also joined James, Doncic, and Blake Griffin as the only players with 2,000 points, 400 rebounds, and 300 assists through the first 100 career games.
Edwards is on pace to join an exclusive group
Should Edwards continue his torrid scoring pace over the next few seasons, he’ll be part of an even more selective group of NBA stars.
Edwards, who won’t turn 21 until August 5, is on pace to be one of the five youngest players in NBA history to reach 5,000 points. The T-Wolves star would join James, Durant, Anthony, and Doncic in the prestigious club. Currently, LeBron holds the record after scoring his 5,000th point at 21 years and 22 days old.
With 2,011 points in 100 games, Edwards is on track to reach to 5K marker around his 250th game. With no injuries, that should likely come within his fourth season. That means the 6-foot-4 shooting guard is on track to hit 5,000 at 22 years old, the same age Doncic was.
That being said, Edwards has averaged 19.3 and 22.1 points in the last two seasons respectively. Who’s to say he won’t continue to progress enough to reach 5,000 points in his third season at just 21 years old?
Edwards has the Minnesota Timberwolves thinking playoffs
The T-Wolves have spent 16 of the past 17 seasons watching the playoffs from home. Now, thanks in part to the development of Edwards, Minnesota is starting to compete within a competitive Western Conference.
Minnesota has tried to find the perfect running mate for Towns, its two-time All-Star center. At first, it was supposed to be 2014 top pick Andrew Wiggins. The T-Wolves then had hope for D’Angelo Russell, shipping Wiggins and a first-round pick to the Warriors for the 2015 second-overall selection. But it seems KAT now has the ideal partner in Edwards, whose scoring numbers put him in a conversation with the best players in the league.
At 13-15, the Wolves are ninth in the West with a 2.5-game lead over 11-seed Portland Trail Blazers. But they’ve been badly hurt by two lengthy losing streaks, including a five-game skid at the beginning of December. If they can avoid huge downward spirals and play close to .500 basketball the rest of the way, they will easily be a play-in team at worst.
The future is bright in the Twin Cities, as is the career of the sensational Edwards.
All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.