The Minnesota Timberwolves have had an explosive offseason so far. The biggest move of the offseason, the trade for Rudy Gobert, belongs to the T-Wolves, and while there are a lot of questions about what they gave up to land him, it's clear the addition of Gobert makes Minnesota better moving forward this season. Another thing the Timberwolves have working in their favor is they have one of the best young players in the league in Anthony Edwards on their roster.
Edwards is hoping to take a big step forward next season
Edwards has already shown an ability to be an elite scorer in the NBA, even with Minnesota's various struggles during his brief two-year stint there so far. The Timberwolves made an unexpected run to the 2022 NBA Playoffs last season and gave the Memphis Grizzlies a real run for their money in the first round of the playoffs. And Edwards was at the center of everything that went right for Minnesota last season.
That figures to be the case moving forward, as Edwards is the future of the Timberwolves organization. Edwards recognizes this and has been working tirelessly this offseason to improve himself in hopes he can take a big step forward next season. Edwards' most recent comments about the work he's put in this offseason should get T-Wolves fans everywhere even more excited for the upcoming season than they already are.
"I've been working on everything, man. Just getting better. I'm trying to take that leap this year and be the best player I can be. Trying to take my team as far as we can…I feel like I'm working extremely hard, harder than I've ever worked before. I'm just happy with the results right now. I'm happy to see what it leads to on the court." - Anthony Edwards, The Athletic
Edwards could determine how well the 2022-23 season goes for the Timberwolves
Not only is Edwards set to play a huge role in the Timberwolves' future, but he's also a huge part of the present Timberwolves team. He's formed a solid pairing with Karl-Anthony Towns to make Minnesota relevant in the NBA landscape again, and with Gobert now on board, the Timberwolves have one of the better core groups in the Western Conference.
But Edwards controls how far this team will go next season. By now, the floors for Towns and Gobert have been established, but the same cannot be said for Edwards. Edwards is still just 21 years old and has so much room to grow in every area of the game. The fact that he's been grinding throughout the offseason is an extremely encouraging sign that he will eventually be able to reach superstar status.
Edwards seems intent on making the leap to superstardom this season. He's been posting clips of his workouts throughout the offseason, and it's safe to say that the threat of an improved Edwards has to be frightening for the rest of the league. If Edwards can make the leap he discussed here, the Timberwolves will be much improved from the 2021-22 season.