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'Basketball Emperor' Michael Jordan is said to have said the following to Anthony Edwards, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2020 NBA rookie draft.
"You're better than me. You're more athletic than me, and you're bigger than me. If you give yourself more space, you'll be invincible."
This is what Edwards said about Jordan in 2020.
According to ESPN's Tim McMahon recently , a scout said Edwards is "the next Michael Jordan." He also said that he is the best 'dual swords' superstar. He is excellent in both offense and defense.
When McMahon said the comparison to Jordan was "a bit of an overstatement," the scout said, "Yeah, but it's not that far off."
Additionally, Bleacher Report said that it is undeniable that Edwards has developed into one of the NBA's best 'dual-wielding' players.
Is that really true?
Edwards is leading Minnesota's sole lead in the Western Conference (12 wins, 4 losses) this season.
He averaged 26.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 16 games. His field goal percentage stands at 46.6%.
Edwards' scoring ability is improving every year, and his defense is also being raised to new levels.
Jordan averaged 28.2 points in his NBA debut season. In his third year, he set a career high with 37.1 points.
Edwards' rookie grade averaged 19.3 points and his third year grade was 21.3 points.
It's still too early to compare him to Jordan.
However, it cannot be denied that Edwards' performance is improving year by year.
Meanwhile, Edwards revealed that he would also like to try out for the National Football League (NFL).
“I’m going to take care of my business (winning championships) in the NBA first, and then I’m going to try out for the NFL,” Edwards said in a recent interview with ESPN. He said he wants to become the first NBA player to play in the NFL.
In the past, Bo Jackson played in the Major League Baseball and NFL.
It is reported that Edwards will sign a five-year maximum contract extension worth at least $205.9 million ($260 million if he joins the All-NBA team this season) starting next season. However, it is reported that Minnesota will impose a condition that he not play in the NFL. Because his risk of injury is too great.
Monday, November 27, 2023