Anthony Edwards Has Stepped Up Defensively For The Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves came into the season with high expectations. They acquired Rudy Gobert in a massive trade to increase their potential and compete in the western conference. So far this season, it hasn't worked out as they would imagine. To make matters worse Karl Anthony Towns recently went down with a calf injury. On the bright side, Anthony Edwards has stepped up defensively for the Timberwolves in the absence of KAT.

Edwards is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. His athletic ability is what he is noted for more famously. The third-year player is not necessarily known for his defense but he has shown he is more than capable of adding that aspect to his game. In the last three games, he has averaged six steals a game while averaging 27 points and 6 assists as well.

Although he is not currently in the running for defensive player of the year, if Edwards continues at this pace he would definitely be winning the award. The Timberwolves have capitalized on his efforts on defense and are 2-1 in their last three games. For the season, Minnesota's record is at 12-12 and are sitting in the 11th seed. However, in a competitive western conference, they are only one game behind the 8th seed.

The Timberwolves hope to get KAT back in the new year, sometime in January. In the meantime, Edwards is stepping up his game not only on the offensive end but also being a lockdown defender. They are 6-4 in their last 10 and hope to make their way back into the playoffs with Ant's stellar play. Minnesota play the Utah Jazz tomorrow night. 

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