Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

20-Year-Old GuardG
Minnesota Timberwolves
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Rookie of the Year runner-up, Edwards had a mostly encouraging debut season in Minnesota. The No. 1 overall pick ranked 98th in fantasy on a per-game basis -- a number that jumps up to 51st in total production since he played all 72 games in the shortened season. He actually started off slowly, which led to some minor panic, but he made steady improvement from late January onward and really took off in March. During Edwards' final 32 appearances, he averaged 23.3 points on 45/34/76 shooting, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 combined steals-plus-blocks. That stretch included two 42-point performances against strong defenses in Phoenix and Memphis. He also ranked 20th in the league in total steals (82). If fantasy managers can put aside his worryingly inefficient start to his rookie season, Edwards profiles as a potential 20-point-per-game scorer in 2021-22 on passable efficiency. Considering the lack of scoring talent aside from Malik Beasley, D'Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, Edwards will be relied upon heavily to generate buckets. While it's not quite a "big three" in Minnesota, Edwards is part of the core trio, and he has a good chance to emerge as the No. 2 guy above Russell. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Timberwolves in November of 2020. Contract includes $10.73 million team option for 2022-23, which was picked up in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Edwards was born on Aug. 5, 2001 in Atlanta, Georgia. He's worn the No. 5 jersey since high school to honor his mother and grandmother, who both died from cancer on the fifth day of separate months. As a result, Edwards was raised by his sister and brother. Edwards worked as an instructor at various youth camps during high school. Playing basketball at Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Edwards was rated a consensus five-star recruit and he earned McDonald's All-American and USA Today All-USA first team honors. While at Georgia in college, he intended to major in marketing. However, his freshman basketball campaign went so well that he opted to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft after being named SEC Freshman of the Year. Fans can follow Edwards on Twitter @theantman05. Edwards' first and only season at Georgia was wildly successful from an individual standpoint, as he remained on the Wooden Award watchlist all season long before eventually winning SEC Rookie of the Year honors, in addition to a second-team all-conference nod. He made an immediate impact as one of Georgia's highest-rated recruits in recent memory, and his role was so great that he led the entire conference in field-goal attempts (505). Edwards seemed to shine brightest when on the national stage, as he scored a season-high 37 points in a non-conference matchup Nov. 26 against Michigan State. It was one of three 30-point efforts in a season that saw Edwards average 19.1 PPG on 40.2 percent shooting. That mark was good enough to lead all freshmen in the nation, as well as earn him SEC Freshman of the Week honors on four separate occasions. While Edwards did not get to help Georgia steal a tournament bid via the SEC tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he still entered the 2020 NBA Draft as one of the highest-rated prospects.

Scores team-high 30 points
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 14, 2022
Edwards amassed 30 points (9-20 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 7-7 FT), two rebounds, four assists and one steal across 38 minutes during Thursday's 116-108 loss to the Grizzlies.
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Edwards notched his first 30-point outing since dropping 38 on Dec. 15 against the Nuggets. He continues to stay hot from three and is shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc on 8.8 attempts per game. On the season, the second-year pro is averaging 22.6 points, 5.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 35.5 minutes and continues to be one of the bright young stars in the league.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Edwards has more question marks than the average top pick, but there's no doubt that he has the physical tools to become a star in the NBA. Edwards will presumably slide into the starting small forward spot in Minnesota, though there could be some positional overlap with Malik Beasley and D'Angelo Russell, especially with Ricky Rubio now at point guard. In 32 games at Georgia last year, Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks while shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three. From a fantasy perspective, he should contribute mostly in the points category and rack up some rebounds, as well. The concern will be his overall efficiency and other peripheral stats.
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Another all-around performance
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 8, 2022
Edwards recorded 24 points (9-16 FG, 6-9 3Pt), six rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal in 29 minutes during Friday's 135-105 victory over the Thunder.
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Surpasses 20-point mark once again
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 6, 2022
Edwards closed Wednesday's 98-90 win over the Thunder with 22 points (8-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and five steals across 32 minutes.
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Leads team to big win
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 3, 2022
Edwards notched 28 points (11-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal over 33 minutes during Monday's 122-104 victory over the Clippers.
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Active Sunday
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Not Injury Related
January 2, 2022
Edwards (conditioning) is available to play Sunday against the Lakers.
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Questionable Sunday
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Not Injury Related
January 1, 2022
Edwards is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lakers due to return to competition reconditioning.
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