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"I try to be the most coachable player on the team just to show everybody else” - Anthony Edwards thriving in a leadership role for the Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Edwards sarcastically applauds his leadership skills as the Minnesota Timberwolves secure the 9th seed in Western Conference courtesy of a 4-game winning streak.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

While Karl Anthony Towns has been sidelined due to a right calf injury, former No. 1 pick in the draft - Anthony Edwards has emerged as the ‘Knight in Shining Armour’ for Minnesota Timberwolves. The shooting guard is not only helping the team by scoring big numbers in consecutive contests but is also inspiring his teammates by being the ‘most coachable player.’

Edwards’s score-tally is not the only aspect that has improved in KAT’s absence but his minutes on the court have seen a rise as well. The 21-year-old sensation has represented his team in every showdown thus far in the 2022-23 season wherein he has averaged a career-best of 23.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Not only has he led from the front but has even taken the initiative to score clutch points to lead his team to the victory line.

On the same note, when the concerned Edwards was asked about veteran players applauding his recent leadership for shorthanded Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards self-praised himself, via Chris Hine, “I try to be the most coachable player on the team just to show everybody else. Even with (Head Coach Chris Finch) Finchy, he cuss me out every day, but I know it’s all love, just to show the guys he can do it to them too."

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How well has Anthony Edwards contributed to Timberwolves’ 4-game winning streak?

Ant-Man has inspired his troops to beat the likes of the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland TrailBlazers, and Houston Rockets during this 4-game winning streak. The 21-year-old has dropped a total of 87 points, 24 rebounds, 16 assists, and 3 blocks in this mentioned winning streak.

More importantly, in three of the four games, Edwards has played more than 35 minutes on the court to secure a hard-fought win for Chris Finch’s squad. He is also having an efficiency rate of 36.1%  from the 3-Point line, 45.6% from the field, and 75% from the Free-Throw line.

Safe to say that as the Minnesota Timberwolves roster struggles with injury woes, Edwards has emerged as an ideal duct tape for the team.

What next for Minnesota Timberwolves?

While many expected Rudy Gobert to cause havoc with his new team, the Frenchmen’s struggles and offensive shortcomings have been magnificently covered by the  21-year-old shooting guard. However, as Edwards continues to lead his side back into the playoff contention, Gobert, too, has started to find his rhythm back.

To be precise - Gobert has dropped 68 points, 48 rebounds, and 8 blocks in this 4-game winning streak for Timberwolves. But will the 30-year-old, 3-time Defensive Player of the Year be able to elevate upon his upward trajectory as his team locks horns against Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, and Cleveland Cavaliers in their upcoming contests?

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