- Anthony Edwards scored 42 points in Minnesota's 123-119 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.
- Edwards became the third youngest player to score 40+ points in an NBA game.
- He is currently ranked third in the Rookie of the Year rankings at +1000.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have seen the top 11 picks in the NBA draft in more than three decades of existence. But none of them have had such a productive performance as Anthony Edwards on Thursday night.
No. First overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft with 42 points on 15-31 shots when the Wolves took a massive 123-119 win over the Phoenix Suns. Minnesota entered the game with a 4-17 road record this season, but Edwards' career played a decisive role.
3rd youngest scorer with 42 points in NBA history
ANTHONY EDUARDS spent the night?
He lost 42 points in his career, making him the third youngest player to score 40+ points in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/JpWNV0StQm
- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 19, 2021
On Thursday, Edwards scored 42 points and became the third-youngest player in NBA history to score at least 40 points in a regular season match in 19 years and 225 days. Only LeBron James and Kevin Durant were 137 and 25 days younger, respectively. He, too, only has no third. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft over the past 20 seasons to score 40 points in a rookie season, alongside Blake Griffin and LeBron James.
Edwards also set the franchise record for the most points a rookie Timberwolves scored in a single game, beating Zach Avalanche's previous 37 point mark. It is also rookie's highest scoring game this season, surpassing the 39 points scored by Sixers rookie Tyrese Maxi last January.
Interestingly for Minnesota, their "others" do not exist. The 1st pick also had a 40-point game on Thursday with Carl Anthony Towns losing 41 points against the Suns. That being said, Towns and Edwards are only the seventh teammates in NBA history to score at least 40 points each in a single NBA game, and the first since Kawhi and PG did so on December 13, 2019.
LaMelo dominates the conversation with ROY
LaMelo Ball dominates the rookie talk of the year. Is he in the lead in the last chances for the Rookie of the Year title? pic.twitter.com/87TQNTWDiO
- BetMGM? (@BetMGM) March 5, 2021
While Edwards had a career night on Thursday, Lamelo Ball had another day at the office, picking third in the 2020 rankings. Ball had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the 116-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Ball's consistent performance has made him dominate the rookie of the year talk.
On the best NBA betting sites, Ball has a high chance of winning the Rookie of the Year nomination. According to BetMGM, LaMelo is trading at -500, while Tyrese Haliburton of Sacramento is in second place at +550. Edwards is only third in the current Rookie of the Year table with +1000 at the same bookmaker. But while LaMelo tries to escape with the bounty, Edwards hopes to make a late dash.
Since early March, Edwards has averaged 26.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Minnesota currently has the worst record in the entire NBA, but in March they played 3-3. Edwards averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game over the season.
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