Anthony Edwards This Season On Lack of Dunks "Everybody Is In The Paint"

Anthony Edwards in three seasons in the league has shown he is capable of making some athletic plays despite his size. Additionally, he has been able to take his game to another level which includes helping take the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs last year but were eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round. So far, Edwards has zero dunks this season which is strange, and says that the reason might be that, "everybody is in the paint."

Edwards made an immediate impact on the Timberwolves when he was drafted 1st overall in 2020. He was the third-leading scorer and had incredible highlights showing off his athleticism. He ended his rookie season as part of the All-Rookie Team averaging 19 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game on 41% shooting. 

It seems that ever since Rudy Gobert joined the team, Edwards has not been able to make his way to the basket. Whether or not that is the real reason, the 21-year-old shared his thoughts on why he is having trouble dunking the ball this season. "Everybody is in the paint... I'm only 6'4-6'5, I can't just jump over everybody man." He also added that he's not "as tall as Giannis," and that he needs a "good lane to dunk the ball."

The frustration looks to be there for Edwards who is averaging 23/6/4 so far. He has 46 made field goals inside the three-point line and 39 of those in the paint. So, it doesn't seem like he is having a hard time getting into the paint but dunking the ball is probably not an option.

The Timberwolves have been a disappointment so far in comparison to what the potential seems to be and currently sit at 4-4. They face the undefeated Bucks on Friday which will be another tough matchup for the young team. Hopefully, they can regain their ground and Edwards finds his footing in order to get more dunks. 

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