Rudy Gobert is an NBA fan’s favorite punching bag. Whenever something went wrong in his team, he was the first person everyone blamed. Maybe he’s French, bland, overrated, well-paid – or all four – and that’s okay. You won’t hear me argue with the Minnesota Timberwolves fans about how bad his trading is, or the state of his health.
Either way, I want to point out that Anthony Edwards didn’t make the leap we thought he could. The third-year keeper and former No. 1 player finished last season on a trajectory on par with other great, young players.
Ja Morant went from 19 points per game to 27 points in his third year. Jayson Tatum improved his GPA by almost eight points from season two through season three. Ant gave us a taste at the end of last season and made it to the knockout stages, losing 49 in the second to final game of the year, 30 in the play-ins and over 25 ppg in the first round.
Well, marginal gains in points (21.3 to 22.6), bounces (4.8 to 5.9) and spins (2.6 to 3.2) are not what people imagine Edwards this season. He takes fewer threes and hits fewer of them too, passes no better and although he shoots more penalties, his rate from the line has dropped.
Minnesota’s start to the season has sucked out the fun of the game, and that’s evident on and off the field. The Wolves is a sub-0.500 game, with above average offense and below average defense. The team boasted a top 13 defense by rating a season ago, and that has dropped to 19th this year. On the other side of the ball, the rating has dropped from eighth to 17th. And the 2021 numbers come in a year when they fired the head coach mid-season.
Rarely able to capitalize on mismatches, Karl-Anthony Towns is the shell of the player we saw a year ago. He hasn’t figured out how to play with Gobert yet, as the two have a negative 1.5 point difference over 400 minutes together, and now KAT is sidelined for four to six weeks due to calf strain.
The status of the Western Conference is such that Minnesota can survive on average without Towns. However, that’s not what everyone wants, and Minnesota is likely to do more just because Edwards hasn’t reached his full potential.
This is not the time for D’Angelo Russell to take over and we know Gobert is incapable of crime. The man with the best tool to go crazy in a month is Edwards. It will be easy for him to get the same stats in KAT’s absence because things are easy when you have the talent that Edwards has shown.
He sleepwalks to 23, 6 and 4, but we know the ceiling is infinitely higher.
The biggest push for Ant has come from Georgia, and what Jay Bilas is constantly talking about, is his maturity. While I would never be angry with someone because eat too much Popeyes, I was never on the NBA roster. Luka Dončić devoured the sweet tea as if it were his lifeline and still raised it to 28, 9 and 8.
That said, it’s not the only story that makes me question the Edwards void. He had to sorry earlier this year for posting a video with homophobic language, mainly telling me that he needs to educate himself, but also saying that he doesn’t yet understand how important he is to the Timberwolves .
It seems the 21-year-old keeper saw all the backlash over the Gobert deal and let it affect him, which is understandable. Well, there’s no reason anymore. The problems when KAT and Gobert split the deck are gone, the lines and opportunities will be there for him if he wants to exploit them.
When Tyler Herro said he considers Dončić, Morant, and Trae Young his colleagues, we had a good laugh. If Edwards says so, NBA fans will nod in agreement because he possesses all the necessary physical traits to be on par with those young stars, and we’ve seen him. confront a person. The Memphis-Minnesota series could have taken place in April, and that has NBA supporters agreeing that Ant-Man is one of the game’s next superstars.
Well, my boy, it’s time to order crispy food, leave Instagram and go to work.