The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stuck in the basement of the NBA ever since Kevin Garnett left. There has been a lot of hope through those years, but only one having playoff appearance since 2004 is about as bad as it gets. The Wolves have had players like Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, and Andrew Wiggins all try their best to get the Wolves out of the basement but all have failed. Now, Karl-Anthony Towns is entering his seventh NBA season and he hasn’t exactly succeeded where the others failed. He’s made the playoffs once but that was the Jimmy Butler year that was followed by chaos and disaster in Minnesota. Another new era looks to be underway in Minnesota and hopefully this number one pick can lead the Wolves to the playoffs.
Timberwolves X Factor: Anthony Edwards
Edwards was selected by the Timberwolves with the first overall pick last season but it was nowhere near a unanimous decision around the league. LaMelo Ball and even James Wiseman got some love as the potential number one pick but the Wolves ultimately went with Edwards.
For those who haven’t paid close attention, it may seem that LaMelo Ball would have been the better choice, but Anthony Edwards is turning into exactly what the Timberwolves need.
Karl-Anthony Towns has never seemed like the main guy to lead a team to the playoffs. He has the talent, at least on offense, to be that guy but it takes strong leadership and some players are just born with the ability to be the main guy on a team. Players like LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, or Giannis Antetokounmpo come to mind as guys with the personality to take over. Anthony Edwards reminds me of those players with how he carries himself. He has the talent to become a star and he has the personality to become a true superstar.