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Anthony Edwards’ superstar rise gets assist from Timberwolves teammate Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves, Anthony Edwards, Ricky Rubio

It has not been the best season for Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who once again find themselves staring into the NBA lottery abyss. After Thursday’s blistering performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, however, maybe some better days are ahead.

Point guard Ricky Rubio seems to think so, especially if Edwards continues to ascend on a positive path.

The former University of Georgia star erupted for 27 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals on 10-for-22 shooting in the Timberwolves’ 30-point win over the Pelicans, and in Friday’s media availability, Rubio had glowing words for the 6-foot-4, 225-pound shooting guard.

“I said it from day one: I think we have a gem here. We have something. He’s going to be really good in this league. But there’s been a lot of good players who didn’t make it because they get lost in the situation they were in at the beginning,” Rubio said of the Timberwolves rookie, per Dane Moore of Blue Wire Pods.

“I’m trying to help him to really get where he can be without getting lost in everything that’s going on.”

If there’s anybody Anthony Edwards needs on his side, it’s Rubio who—in previous stops with the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Timberwolves has played with some of the best players in the NBA in  Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Kevin Love, Rudy Gobert, Joe Johnson and more—knows talent when he sees it.

Edwards remains in the mix for the 2021 NBA Kia “Rookie of the Year” award behind favorites Charlotte point guard LaMelo Ball and Sacramento Kings playmaker Tyrese Haliburton.

Ant Man is currently averaging 15.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. His shooting percentages aren’t superb, but that should change with time. He is only 19 years old, and the Timberwolves are one of the youngest teams in the league.

Also, with a point guard like Rubio at his side, the improvements are sure to come.