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They are saying that to be one of the best, it’s a must to beat one of the best. Minnesota Timberwolves taking pictures guard Anthony Edwards is taking that angle to the highest.
After being requested about his profession aspirations, Edwards stated that he desires to surpass Michael Jordan.
“I’m chasing my boy M.J., for certain,” Edwards stated (by way of Chris Hine of the Star Tribune). “It’ll be arduous, however I’m chasing him.”
This declare is lofty, contemplating that Jordan is broadly regarded to be the best basketball participant of all time, however the 2020 first general decide has confirmed a stable trajectory. He averaged a career-high 24.6 factors, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 2022-23 and was named to his first profession All-Star Recreation.
Whereas the scoring whole lags behind Jordan’s whole in his third season (37.1), Edwards has became a participant who’s a transparent high choice for his staff. That is one thing he feels snug with as effectively.
“If I can’t get a shot off, I belief my teammates for certain,” Edwards stated. “However I feel my teammates need me to take the shot.”
He additionally talked about that he doesn’t take into account himself to be a younger star till he leads his staff out of the primary spherical, one thing him and the T-Wolves didn’t do after falling to the top-seeded Nuggets within the opening spherical. Jordan didn’t lead his Bulls previous the primary spherical till his fourth 12 months, so Edwards is preserving tempo in that regard.
Nonetheless, Edwards famous that he nonetheless has loads of room for enchancment and downplayed the profitable season.
“I imply, I left lots on the market,” Edwards stated. “I do know what I must work on. I do know what I must get higher at, and I simply wish to be in one of the best form. My season was OK. It might’ve been lots higher.”
This may increasingly have contributed to what occurred following the Recreation 5, season-ending loss, when Edwards was cited with an assault cost for allegedly throwing a chair that injured two enviornment workers, one thing the 21-year-old attributed to the emotion of the second.
With a vital offseason for growth arriving, Edwards shared his constructive outlook on the subsequent steps.
“I’m making strides,” Edwards stated. “However after this summer time, I feel I’ll make nice leaps ahead.”