Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was named a finalist for the 2020-21 Rookie of the Year award, the NBA announced Thursday night.
Edwards, who was the top pick of the 2020 draft, will go up against Charlotte guard LaMelo Ball (No. 3 pick) and Sacramento guard Tyrese Haliburton (No. 12) for the award.
If he wins, Edwards will become the third Timberwolves player to be named the league’s top rookie, joining Andrew Wiggins (2014-15) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015-16).
Playing in all 72 games this season, Edwards averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. In his final 24 contests, Edwards logged 23.4 points per game while shooting 46.8% from the field and 36.5% from deep.
2020-21 NBA award finalists:
Most valuable player — Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers; Nikola Jokić, Denver Nuggets.
Coach of the year — Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz; Tom Thibodeau, New York Knicks; Monty Williams, Phoenix Suns.
Defensive player of the year — Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz; Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors; Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers.
Most improved player — Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons; Michael Porter Jr., Denver Nuggets; Julius Randle, New York Knicks.
Rookie of the year — LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets; Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves; Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings.
Sixth man of the year — Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz; Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz; Derrick Rose, New York Knicks.