President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas has a vision for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
After making big changes to the Wolves’ roster at the 2019-20 trade deadline, Rosas has surrounded All-Stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell with a core of promising young talent.
Each Thursday, we’ll be tracking the progress of these young players while also keeping up with the G League Iowa Wolves to see who will rise to the challenge of bringing a consistent, winning team to Minnesota.
This is the 17th edition of the 2020-21 Young Wolves Tracker.
SPOTLIGHT ON …
Guard Anthony Edwards
Does the Rookie of the Year award all but officially belong to Edwards?
He’s certainly making a late push to claim it as his own.
During the Timberwolves’ 139-135 loss to Memphis on Wednesday night, Edwards tied a career high with 42 points while adding six rebounds and seven assists. And he did so efficiently.
Edwards nailed 17 of 22 attempts from the field (77.3%), including a career-best eight 3-pointers on nine tries, just his seventh career contest with 5+ 3-pointers. It was also the first time “Ant” shot better than 52.4% from the field while attempting 20+ shots.
The other time Edwards poured in 42 points, it helped the Wolves to a 123-119 win over Phoenix on March 18, but he shot the basketball a career-high 31 times. For reference, the high-volume shooter has never attempted more than 24 shots in a single game.
Edwards now leads all rookies in points per game (18.9) and usage percentage (26.6%). Since the calendar flipped to April, the Georgia product is averaging 23.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.
Yep. He’s our Rookie of the Year.
-- Naz Reid has received an uptick in minutes in Minnesota's last two contests, and hasn't shied away from pulling the trigger. The 21-year-old center was on the floor for 15 minutes in the Wolves' win over Golden State on April 29. He played 22 and then 25 minutes versus the Pelicans and Grizzlies, and put up double-digit shot attempts, the first time he's done so in back-to-back games since a three-game stretch from April 14-18.
-- Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio erupted for 26 points, a season high, on 7-of-13 shooting in Minnesota's 126-114 win versus the Warriors last Thursday night, but came back down to earth with modest scoring outputs of 11 and two points against New Orleans and Memphis.
-- Juancho Hernangómez has cooled off lately, as well. The Spaniard is shooting 38% (11-of-29) from the field in Minnesota's three most recent games. This, after sinking 8-of-12 shots in the Wolves' seven-point win over the Houston Rockets on April 27.