There may already be a new challenger on the way for Steph Curry’s long-range shooting crown, and his name is Anthony Edwards.
Just one night removed from Curry breaking Ray Allen’s all-time 3-point record, Edwards put up an internship in the Timberwolves’ 124-107 win over the Nuggets, draining 10 triples against the Nuggets on Wednesday night and became the youngest player in NBA history to make that many three-pointers in one game. He was 10-14 from behind the arc and shot over 66 percent from the field overall.
Not only was it a record-breaking performance, but Edwards did it efficiently.
This wasn’t the only record Edwards had in his sights in this game. He also became the seventh player in league history to score 2,000 points in his first 100 games aged 20 or younger. Talk about coming in hot; Edwards did this and more. He averaged 19.3ppg in his rookie year last year and has already averaged 22ppg this season. It looks like this guy will be one of the most prolific scorers of this next generation of NBA stars.
Minnesota fans haven’t been thrilled with T-Wolves for several years, and it looks like Edwards is bringing that feeling back to this organization. Not only does it have play, it also brings personality. Karl-Anthony Towns is an outstanding player, but his numbers don’t seem to affect the win as they should. Minnesota have only reached the playoffs once since Towns was drafted in 2015. And this is the only playoff appearance for this franchise since they lost the Western Conference Finals in 2004.
To say there has been a lack of enthusiasm around the Timberwolves for the past decade would be an understatement. Edwards is doing his best to bring back that feeling from when Kevin Garnett ran the show in Minnesota. Soon enough, Edwards will be the man (although … I didn’t know who A-Rod was last year) on this squad, whether Towns is still around or not. We know it’s about winning, but the NBA is also about the stars, and Edwards has that factor and quality that most players lack.
Minnesota is 13-15 years old right now, sitting in the ninth place in the Western Conference. I see this team doing the play-in, and from there, who knows. The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors in last season’s play-in, and that seemed to be a bit of a stepping stone for this year, where they are currently fourth out of the West. Look for Edwards and these new lumber wolves. They might be making some real noise very soon.