Chip: Anthony Edwards electric in Timberwolves' season-opening victory
Are you ready for the Ant Show?
Edwards vowed to be a better, more well-rounded player in his second NBA season, and the first impression Wednesday night more than hit that mark.
Edwards showed off his improved shooting touch to go along with leap-tall-buildings athleticism as the Timberwolves gave their fans a rollicking good time in a 124-106 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Edwards rode six three-pointers to 29 points in 31 minutes of action — a sweet reward after committing himself this offseason to improving his perimeter shooting.
"I put the work in, like a 9-to-5 every day in the summer," he said. "[Shots] should fall."
It's only one game — one game against a dreadful team that can tank without trying — but Edwards looks primed to build on what he started as a rookie. Still only 20 years old, he already possesses star quality in talent and personality.
Edwards put on a show in the first half with four three-pointers and a poster dunk. His 21 first-half points turned the arena into a house party, not a normal vibe for Target Center.
This is the Edwards effect. He is a lightning bolt. He is electric. Pick your own favorite adjective.
Edwards forces you to pay attention. Don't look away when he's on the floor, because you might miss something thrilling. He dunks as if he's hangry. And then he smiles. Always smiling, like someone just told him a funny joke. His personality matches his talent. He oozes charisma.
Anthony Edwards vowed to be a better, more well-rounded player in his second NBA season, and the first impression Wednesday night more than hit that mark.