Anthony Edwards has emerged as one of the most electrifying young players in the league, regularly putting defenders on posters. However, this season, the Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard has not yet dunked once, and he seems to know why.
Minnesota was expected to improve when it acquired Rudy Gobert this offseason. After all, the Wolves got a proven player in the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. However, following the transaction, there were concerns about how the change would affect the Wolves' offense, especially because the roster already has another 7-footer in Karl-Anthony Towns.
So far, the concerns have proven true. The offense has regressed from last season. After registering a top-10 offensive rating in the 2021-22 campaign, the Wolves currently rank just 24th.
Edwards has actually taken a leap this season, registering career highs across the board. But his and some of his teammates' shooting efficiencies inside and near the paint have taken a dip. With less floor spacing, fans might need to expect fewer showtime slams from Ant-Man and opt to watch his video highlights instead.
Can the Wolves get back on their paws?
The offensive struggles have resulted in a lackluster record for Minnesota. They are 4-4 to start the season, and some of those losses have come from teams that are supposed to be rebuilding, including the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs (twice.)
Still, there is some silver lining - the defense has been as good as advertised. With Gobert on the court, the Wolves have a top-five defense. That could be enough to make them playoff contenders. However, if they want to make some noise in the postseason, they must figure things out on offense.