- Anthony Edwards scored a career high 42 points during the Timberwolves 139-135 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
- Edwards set several rookies with his big scoring game and his team thinks he’s sealed the Rookie of the Year award.
- ANT is currently second in the Rookie of the Year oddsboard behind the favorite, La Melo Ball.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards scored a career-high 42 points on Wednesday night but the Wolves still came up short and lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 139-135.
The loss was the second straight for the Timberwolves who had won a season-high four straight games prior to their current skid. Minnesota is just 20-46 on the season and if there’s any bright spot on another losing campaign, it’s Edwards who has shown glimpses that he can be a star in the future.
Most Points by a Timberwolves Rookie
Anthony Edwards tonight:
42 PTS (career-high)
That’s the most points by a rookie in Wolves franchise history. pic.twitter.com/Pi0zRQRrxi
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 19, 2021
Edwards’ 42 points is the most scored by a Timberwolves rookie in a single game. He is also the first Minnesota rookie to score at least 30 points with at least 5 rebounds and five assists. Edwards also set the T-Wolves rookie record for most three-pointers made by going 8-9 from deep on Wednesday and is two games shy of Christian Laettner’s franchise record of 33 20-point games.
But bigger than those records, Edwards joins LeBron James and Kevin Durant as the only teenagers in NBA history to record a 40-5-5 game. He also joins King James as the only teenagers to have multiple 40-point games. Edwards is also the youngest player in the history of the league to make 150 three-pointers.
The top pick of the 2020 NBA draft averaged only 14.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game during the first half of the season. But since the All-Star break, Edwards has erupted, scoring 23.5 points per game while also grabbing 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
ROY Case is Closed?
The Rookie of the Year case is closed.
Put Ant’s name in ink. 🖋 pic.twitter.com/MdVj2fUuvb
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) May 6, 2021
With how the Timberwolves’ prized rookie is closing out his maiden NBA season, The T-Wolves believe that Edwards has sealed the 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year award. However, if the ROY case is already closed, it may be in favor of the Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball.
The best NBA betting sites have Ball as the overwhelming favorite to win the league’s top rookie award, and perhaps rightfully so. Since returning from wrist surgery, Ball has reclaimed the top spot in the odsd board with SportsBetting.ag currently listing him as a -230 odds on favorite. Edwards is LaMelo’s closest pursuer but he is far back at +230. With Tyrese Haliburton’s season likely over, the Rookie of the Year race is now down to Ball and Edwards.
But while Edwards is putting up monster scoring games, he is putting up empty numbers because Minnesota has the second worst record in the West and the third worst record in the league. Meanwhile, LaMelo Ball is stuffing the stats sheet while also giving the Hornets a chance to end their playoff drought. Charlotte is currently 8th in the East and is a virtual lock to make the play-in tournament. But the Hornets are just 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat who are tied for 6th in the team standings.