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Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards using LaMelo Ball’s Rookie of the Year award as motivation

by MD Samsuzzaman Siyam

LaMelo Ball reportedly took home the NBA’s Rookie of the Year honors Wednesday afternoon.

And that seems to have lit a fire under Anthony Edwards.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft took to Twitter and endorsed a message about the Rookie of the Year vote that read, in part: “You should never poke the bear.”

Certainly, Edwards feels slighted by this decision.

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He had a strong rookie season for the Timberwolves and put forth great numbers while playing all 72 games. Edwards averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game and got better as the season went along. He had two 42-point games on the year and averaged 23.5 points in the last 16 games he played, during which the Wolves went 9-7.

Meanwhile, Ball served as an electric, all-around playmaker for the Hornets and averaged 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. And he was even better as a starter, averaging 18.1 points per game in those outings. However, he played in just 51 games because of a March wrist injury that caused him to miss a month of action.

Ball was an instrumental part of the Hornets’ improvements that allowed them to climb as high as the No. 4 seed in the East. Without him, Charlotte struggled and fell into the play-in tournament. So, it’s understandable why Ball won the award in a season with two excellent candidates.

Still, Edwards appears to be carrying a chip on his shoulder in the wake of this decision. Minnesota won’t mind, as that will give the 19-year-old incentive to improve ahead of his second season.

And that could help to further spark the Timberwolves after things started to come together under Chris Finch at the end of last season.



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