Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

21-Year-Old GuardG
Minnesota Timberwolves
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Edwards made significant improvements during his second season in the NBA. He increased his production defensively and as a passer, averaging 1.5 steals and 3.8 assists per game. His efficiency also leaped forward -- 44.1 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free-throw line. Plus, after shooting 32.9 percent from behind the arc during his rookie campaign, he improved to 35.7 percent last season. The result was a playoff run that seems to have invigorated the franchise. Edwards didn't slow down in the six-game series against the Grizzlies, where he averaged 25.2 points on 46/40/82 shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 37.8 minutes. The Wolves continued to build up the roster around him, acquiring defensive-minded center Rudy Gobert from the Jazz. As far as fantasy goes, Gobert is a nice addition for Edwards in that he won't eat into his usage rate. Their other noteworthy addition was Kyle Anderson -- another player who doesn't look for his own shot often. Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are the clear driving forces behind the Timberwolves' offensive attack, and fantasy managers should expect Edwards to continue improving during his third season. He's on an All-Star trajectory and will probably be a consistent pick in the second and third rounds of most fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Timberwolves in November of 2020. Timberwolves exercised $10.73 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021. Timberwolves exercised $13.53 million team option for 2023-24 in October of 2022.
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.

Struggles from field Friday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
February 4, 2023
Edwards amassed 19 points (5-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal over 38 minutes during Friday's 127-120 loss to the Magic.
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Edwards had a rough shooting performance and ended with a subpar scoring line, at least by his standards. The star guard snapped a run of seven games with 25-plus points, but this should be nothing more than a bump on the road for one of the most dynamic scorers in the league. Edwards is averaging 26.8 points per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three-point range since the start of January.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Benefitting from more sleep
GMinnesota Timberwolves
December 20, 2022
Edwards stated that he has been able to be more effective in back-to-back sets this season by getting more sleep, Dane Moore of BringMeTheNews.com reports.
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Edwards has played in five back-to-backs so far this season and is averaging 22.0 points on 40.9 percent shooting while adding 7.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists during the second game of such sets. Those numbers represent a modest uptick over last season, when he posted per-contest averages of 19.0 points, 4.9 boards and 4.2 dimes on 41.7 percent shooting in the second game of back-to-backs. Edwards attributed the improvement to getting more shuteye, explaining that he struggles to fall asleep on game nights and saying, "Getting into bed earlier, I feel like that's the main thing."
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
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.
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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Stays hot versus Kings
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 31, 2023
Edwards recorded 33 points (14-27 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks across 41 minutes in Monday's 118-111 overtime loss to the Kings.
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Available Saturday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 28, 2023
Edwards (wrist) is available for Saturday's matchup against the Kings.
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Deemed questionable Saturday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
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January 28, 2023
Edwards is listed on the injury report as questionable for Saturday's game versus the Kings due to a right wrist sprain.
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Has stellar scoring night
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 26, 2023
Edwards registered 37 points (12-25 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 9-10 FT), six rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes during Wednesday's 111-102 win over the Pelicans.
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Scores team-high 31 points
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 24, 2023
Edwards finished Monday's 119-114 loss to the Rockets with 31 points (9-20 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 7-9 FT), five assists, four steals, three rebounds and one block over 37 minutes.
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