Former Minnesota player Patrick Beverley has all but encouraged rising star Anthony Edwards to leave the franchise as he continues his meteoric rise.
Edwards had a stellar 2022-23 season with the T-Wolves that landed him a spot on the Team USA roster.
USA coach Steve Kerr has been more than impressed with Ant and believes he’s one of the best defensive guards he’s ever seen during his time at the helm.
The 22-year-old also has a larger than life personality and will always say what’s on his mind.
He certainly has the makings of a superstar and Beverley believes that Minnesota isn’t the place to foster this.
“He will get out of Minnesota,” Beverley said on Gil’s Arenas. “That’s just what happens. That’s no disrespect to Minny. With that personality, he can change the world with basketball. He is the type of player that you need to see.”
Historically, Pat Bev is right.
The Timberwolves haven’t been able to retain big name players in the past like Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love and even Jimmy Butler.
Edwards was drafted as the number one overall pick by the Wolves in 2020 and his NBA performances have been going from strength to strength since.
In his rookie year, his points per game average was 19.3, which jumped to 24.6 this past regular season.
As for the FIBA World Cup, Edwards’ Team USA won all their games in the group stage and have now progressed onto the second round.
“I think we’re going to win,” Edwards said. “We’re unbeaten, also. So I think we have a great chance of winning. We have great coaches, we got great players, our confidence is at an all-time high, so we’re not really worried about those guys.”
He has been the talk of the town amongst his coaches and teammates, who believe he is going to another level right before their eyes.
“Anthony Edwards, that’s gonna be a household name,” USA assistant coach Erik Spoelstra said recently. “(Maybe) it already is.”