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Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards slides by Jayson Tatum with slick handles

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Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards is giving voters more reasons to consider him as this season’s top first-year player.

Despite his possibly season-ending injury, LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets is still the presumptive 2021 Rookie of the Year, as one of the leaders of a great comeback story brewing in Charlotte. It’s highly unlikely that anyone is going to catch him at this point.

But goodness is it fun to watch Anthony Edwards play:

Coming into the draft, Edwards was seen as an athletic freak, someone that could be used as a mobile bludgeoning weapon on rims and defenses throughout the league. But whoever saw that coming definitely didn’t anticipate this.

For a player whose primary scouted weaknesses include defense and playmaking, this gets the youngster past the eye test with flying colors.

Now, given Devin Booker‘s recent success with the Phoenix Suns, rumors have all but died down about any possible reunion between him and Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns. That might be anathema to Timberwolves fans, but if this play is an indication of Edwards’ ceiling, boy is he one hell of a consolation prize.

This sort of brilliance is what earned the bouncy swingman the number one selection in the 2020 NBA Draft. Despite a very inconsistent start to the season, Edwards definitely seems to be getting more comfortable with time.

Minnesota has its fair share of scorers. KAT and D’Angelo Russell immediately come to mind as the teams’ resident bucket-getters. If Edwards is able to capitalize on plays like this, he could very well give the Timberwolves their first true playmaker in a long time.

Who knows? Maybe this is a sign that Edwards will someday be leading the pack altogether.