Anthony Edwards, 21, is promising a better future for the Minnesota Timberwolves.온라인바카라
Edwards appeared on “The Stadium Show” on Monday (Jan. 1) to discuss why he’s switching from No. 1 to No. 5, his goals for the 2023-24 season, and making Towns an MVP-caliber player.
Edwards, who was named an All-Star last season and is considered one of the next generation of basketball stars, showed tremendous potential, but unfortunately, the team failed to meet fan expectations.
After being eliminated by the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, Minnesota spent the offseason looking for ways to turn things around, but the team is mired in uncertainty, including how to utilize Rudy Gobert and trade rumors for Towns. Nevertheless, Edwards wanted to lift the spirits by declaring his expectations for next season.
For starters, Edwards will switch jersey numbers from 1 to 5. “That was my number in high school and college,” he said, “and I always wanted it. It’s a number I’ve always wanted, and I wanted it when I got drafted, but I couldn’t get it,” he explains, “so when I had the opportunity to change it this year, I did it.”
The number 5 is meaningful to Edwards: He lost his mother and grandmother to cancer when he was 14, and both died on the fifth of the month. His birthday is also on August 5. So it’s not just a number, it’s about family.
When asked by a Shams Canary reporter about his goals for next season, Edwards said: “If we win as a team, all the individual things will follow. “We want to win 50 games this year,” he said, “we want to get KAT (Towns) to MVP level this year, we want Jaylen (McDaniels) to be one of the best 3&D (3-point shooting and defense) resources in the NBA, and we want Rudy (Gobert) to come back as Defensive Player of the Year.
Edwards said before last season’s opener that he was aiming for All-NBA status. He fell short of that expectation, but proved he had a big bowl to fill as the new Wolves captain.
In 79 regular-season games last season, Edwards averaged 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists on 45.9% shooting from the field (19.5 attempts) and 36.9% from three (7.3 attempts).
Most notably, he came on strong in the playoffs, averaging 31.6 points, 5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.8 steals, and 2 blocks in the five-game series against Denver on 48.2 percent shooting (22.8 attempts), 34.9 percent shooting (8.6 attempts), and 84.6 percent shooting (7.8 attempts) from the field.
Denver players have stated that their toughest opponent in the Western Conference was an Edwards-led Minnesota team. As such, expectations are expected to be very high for Edwards in the upcoming season.