Minnesota Timberwolves sensation Anthony Edwards has emerged as a key figure not only for his NBA team but also for Team USA, with his recent performance at the 2023 FIBA World Cup contributing to his remarkable improvement.
At the FIBA World Cup, Edwards showcased his leadership skills, guiding Team USA to a disappointing fourth-place finish while averaging 18.9 points in 31.5 minutes per game.
Transitioning back to the NBA, Edwards has elevated his game even further, boasting stellar stats of 26.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in 34.7 minutes. His individual success mirrors the collective achievements of the Timberwolves, who currently lead the Western Conference with a 30-11 record.
When questioned by Kenny Smith about the transformation from individual performance to team success, Edwards attributed much of his growth to his experience with Team USA during the FIBA World Cup last summer.
“I think playing in the USA, the FIBA World Cup this summer, I think that changed my perspective about everything – being able to play with your team, play within the game, and not just try to play isolation ball all day. Playing within the system, Finchy [Chris Finch] does a great job of making sure we stay within the system,” remarked Edwards after a stellar 28-point performance in a victory against the Memphis Grizzlies.