Did Anthony Edwards Know He Won't Be Drafted For NBA All Star Game?
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 254
Anthony Edwards said he was not surprised or disappointed by the recent exclusion from the All-Star Game. The Minnesota Timberwolves third-year player said he was confident he wasn't going to be called up to the reserves, announced Thursday night.
He said to ESPN: "I am happy for whoever made it. But I didn't expect too much. I knew I would not be summoned. I never get called for this sort of thing. But I have to try to be superior and move forward. I'll make it next year." Edwards' contribution is fundamental for the Timberwolves, especially after the injury of Karl Anthony Towns in November and the slow introduction of Rudy Gobert.
Currently, the Timberwolves are in seventh place in the Western Conference, in full swing for a playoff berth. Along with Wolves' talented guard, other first-tier players were also left out of the all-star game. De'Aaron Fox, of the Sacramento Kings, Devin Booker, of the Phoenix Suns, Anthony Davis, of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Aaron Gordon, of the Denver Nuggets.
All players who showed off during this season and who would therefore have deserved to be called up. With 24.9 points per game, Edwards is among the top 20 scorers in the league, and is also averaging 4.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game (both career highs).
Additionally, he is also one of two Top-25 forwards, along with Julius Randle, to not miss a single game. Edwards was born and raised in Atlanta. At the age of three he was given the nickname Ant-Man by his father. For much of his childhood, Edwards played football, primarily as a running back, quarterback, and cornerback.
By age 10 he was rated one of the best running backs in the nation by the Pop Warner organization. Despite this, Edwards began to focus on basketball, which he thought was more fun, after watching the brothers play. At age 14, he began training with Justin Holland, a former collegiate basketball player at Liberty and coach.
Due to success with the Atlanta Xpress 15-under on the AAU circuit, Edwards was named a four-star recruit by specialty site Rivals after the summer of 2016. He began playing basketball for Therrell High School in Atlanta as a member of the class 2019.