Anthony Edwards: The Next Michael Jordan?

The Minnesota Timberwolves I had high expectations Anthony Edwards when he selected him with number 1 in the 2020 Draft. And The 22-year-old player is more than fulfilling them. was chosen to play his first All-Star in the 2022-2023 season. He continued to improve his performance this campaign, repeating as All-Star and crediting star averages in the regular season: 25.9 points (46.1% on field goals), 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per match. And he has led his Wolves to lead the Western Conference with 57 wins and 25 lossesthe franchise’s best balance in two decades and the second best in the NBA this season after the Celtics (64-18).

Anthony Edwards crushes the series between the Wolves and the Nuggets.

Edwards has proven to be not only one of the best young players in the league, but an MVP candidate with the potential to be one of the most dominant players in the NBA for years to come. But they have been their quality and above all his way of using himself on the fieldthe characteristics of your game, with a privileged and explosive physique that allows him to fly at 1.98 m, and his excessive ambitionwhich have led him to be compared to the greatest, Michael Jordan in many basketball forums.

From a playing style point of view I think they could be compared. But I think there’s a long, long, long way to go in terms of consistency and all that. But the trust is there. The arrogance is there, it’s all real. I can say that it is one hundred percent real

Chris Finch (Wolves Coach)

Chris Finch, Wolves coachdoes not shy away from comparing his pupil with the greatest, although saving the distance: “From the point of view of playing style I think they could be compared. But I think there’s a long, long, long way to go in terms of, you know, sustainability, regularity and everything iseither. But the trust is there. The arrogance is there, it’s all real. “I can say it’s 100 percent real.”

‘Ant’s’ joke about measuring the same as Jordan

The technician said a curious anecdote of ‘Ant’s’ first year at the Wolves. When they chose him in the draft He was 1.95 m tall, but at the start of the season he had grown and reached 1.98 mexactly the same height as Michael Jordan. When he told the player, his response was amazing: “He told me, don’t let me get to 1.98 or I’ll be Michael Jordan”says Finch. He said it jokingly, but the shadow of ‘Air’ was surely already hovering over his head.

I want this to end. He is the best of all time, I can’t compare to him

Anthony Edwards (Wolves Player)

The young Wolves star is no stranger to the increasingly widespread comments in the world of the NBA that They compare him for his way of playing and his characteristics with Michael Jordanalthough he has his feet on the ground and is suspicious of that comparison: “I want this to end”, he said on FOX Sports when asked about it. “He is the best of all time. I can’t compare to him“. And when he was asked if this flight forward was to avoid putting more pressure on himself, he was clear: “No, there is no pressure. That comparison is simply not possible.“.

Michael Jordan (left) and Anthony Edwards (right), protesting with the Bulls and Wolves, respectively.

His coach assures that his pupil is still a modest young man with a desire to learn and improve: “One of the things that’s really great about coaching ‘Ant’ is that he’s still very honest and asks you what he doesn’t know, tells you what he needs to improve on.. His level of self-criticism is very high.”

You are motivated by great challenges

But like all great stars, he grows to unsuspected limits in big events: “Sometimes it is more difficult to activate him and concentrate on a game in February on a Tuesday night, because it is difficult for him to motivate himself, but When a big moment comes, it will always be there. The bigger the party, the more you enjoy“. Edwards He has shown it in the series against the champions Nuggets: “Going against the best player in the world is always fun, going against the best team in the world is always fun”he said after the Wolves went ahead 0-2.

In the fourth game of the series he signed 44 points (16/25 TC) with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fourth game of 40 points or more in the Playoffs. Only Luka Doncic, on five occasions, had exceeded that limit more times before turning 23. And by doing it for the fourth time he surpasses the records of LeBron, Durant y Stoudemirewho at that age achieved forty points in three games each.

His ambition reminds me a lot of that of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, who would kill you to win a game. There aren’t many players like that today, where everyone wants to be friends

Charles Barkley (Former NBA player)

Some former NBA players compare the ambition of young Edwards with which they showed Michael Jordanor later Kobe Bryant throughout their careers. “I want to kill everything that comes my way,” the Wolves star said during these Playoffs. The legendary Charles BarkleyWhen he heard that phrase, he compared him to the greats: “His ambition reminds me a lot of that of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, who would kill you to win a game”said the legendary former player, an NBA analyst on the TNT network. “There aren’t many players like that today, where everyone wants to be friends”.

I told the Denver locker room employees, ‘I’ll see you in Game 7, motherfuckers.’

Anthony Edwards (Wolves Player)

No, Edwards is not in the NBA to make friends. The latest example of his excessive ambition and arrogance came after the Nuggets came back from 0-2 initial going 3-2 after the fifth game, It was the message he dedicated to the workers of the Ball Arena before leaving its facilities: “I told the Denver locker room employees, ‘I’ll see you in Game 7, motherfuckers.'”. He didn’t brag. ‘Antman’ has fulfilled that threat and this Sunday he will return to Denver to play the final game of the series.

Edwards is like a young Jordan from ’84

Kevin Garnett (Former NBA player)

A charismatic former player like Kevin Garnettwho fought at the Wolves for 13 seasons and faced Jordan nine times in his career, he said the way Edwards attacks the basket reminds you of the myth when he broke into his rookie season: “He’s like a young ’84 Jordan,” he said.

He is not the only one who Edwards It reminds you of the myth. The former player Kendrick Perkinscurrent ESPN analyst, compares him to a later version of Áir’: “We are witnessing right now the 1988 version of Michael Jordan. Edwards is the MJ of ’88,” he explained. “You have to take into account the raw talent and what he brings to the table on both sides of the court. Offensively, we know he’s going to score and he’s not a selfish guy.he’s going to let his teammates score.”

He’s a young Michael Jordan… he’s incredible. I’ve never been teammates with a guy who believes in himself more than Anthony Edwards. He believes that he is the best to ever play the sport, the best to ever walk the earth.

Mike Conley (Wolves Player)

The opinion of Mike Conley, his Wolves teammatewho also openly compared him to the Bulls legend: “He’s a young Michael Jordan… he’s incredible. I’ve never been teammates with a guy who believes in himself more than Anthony Edwards. He believes he is the best player to ever play the sport.the best that ever walked the earth.”

Anthony is a special player

Michael Jordan (Former NBA player)

and himself Míchael Jordanlittle given to talking about the comparisons that have arisen in recent decades from other players with him, has also spoken about it, even if it is in private conversations with some journalists. He did it after the first victory of the Wolves before the Suns in the first round of the Playoffs. “Anthony is a special player” admitted the myth in a telephone conversation with Stephen A. Smith, de ESPN, which revealed that comment. And at the beginning of the year Chris Broussard, de FOX Sportsrevealed that Jordan had admitted to him that he saw things in Edwards that reminded him of him: “Yes, there are similarities with me in the way he plays”‘Air’ admitted about ‘Ant’. If even he sees it…

Numbers similar to those of ‘Air’ at 22 years old

This season Anthony Edwardsat 22 years old (he will turn 23 on August 5) has proven average 25.9 points (46.1% on field goals), 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assistswhich have helped the Wolves to be leaders of the Western Conference (57-25) and be fighting in the second round of the Playoffs.

At 22 years old (he turned 22 on February 17, 1985), Michael Jordan averaged similar numbers to Edwards at his age in what was his rookie year with the Bulls: 28.2 points (51.5% field goals), 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. But despite his great contribution, Chicago’s balance was 38-44, falling in the first round of the Playoffs against the Bucks. AND In his second season he was only able to play 18 games due to a foot injury. and accredited 22.7 points (45,7% tc), 3.6 rebounds y 2.9 assists.

2024-05-18 10:36:57
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