Anthony Edwards

20-Year-Old GuardG
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

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.

College/International Summary

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 17 in win
GMinnesota Timberwolves
October 12, 2021
Edwards finished Monday's preseason win over the Clippers with 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
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The second-year guard continues to shine in the preseason, and he was one of four Timberwolves starters to notch at least 15 points in the blowout victory. As the regular season nears, it's looking more and more likely that Edwards will start alongside D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt, while Malik Beasley serves as the sixth man for head coach Chris Finch.
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Edwards played in all 72 games during the pandemic-shortened campaign in his first season in the NBA. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.1 minutes per game. The rookie scored 20-plus points in half (36) of his games, including a career-high 42 points twice. The first came March 18 win over the Suns, and the second came May 5 against the Grizzlies. During the May 5 performance, Edwards made a career-high eight of his nine three-point attempts and dished out a career-high seven assists. The 2021 first-overall pick made double-digit field goals in 13 games, averaging 30.1 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the field and 44.3 percent from three during those contests. He shot 77.6 percent from the charity stripe on the season, including six games of eight or more made free-throws. The 19-year-old wasn't just a scorer during his rookie campaign, as he dished out four-plus assists in 25 games. Edwards showed his presence on the boards as he grabbed four-plus rebounds in 49 games including three nights where he recorded double-digits. Defensively, the ex-Bulldog recorded multiple steals in 21 games, including a career-high five on April 24. The guard also blocked multiple shots in nine games, including a career-high four on March 31.

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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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Finishes in double figures
GMinnesota Timberwolves
October 4, 2021
Edwards scored 10 points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT) and added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 22 minutes during Monday's preseason game against New Orleans.
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Drops 30 points in finale
GMinnesota Timberwolves
May 17, 2021
Edwards totaled 30 points (10-21 FG, 5-5 FT, 5-9 3Pt), four assists and two blocks in 38 minutes during Sunday's 136-121 win over the Mavericks.
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Puts up 23 points in loss
GMinnesota Timberwolves
May 15, 2021
Edwards notched 23 points (8-18 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six assists, four rebounds and three steals across 34 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Timberwolves.
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Stays aggressive
GMinnesota Timberwolves
May 14, 2021
Edwards totaled 29 points (8-16 FG, 9-12 FT, 4-9 3Pt), seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 39 minutes during Thursday's 114-103 loss to the Nuggets.
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Scores 22 points
GMinnesota Timberwolves
May 11, 2021
Edwards posted 22 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-9 FT), two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 119-100 win over the Pistons.
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