Designate Medina, USA TODAY
Published 1: 15 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2021
With one massive leap, the No. 1 snatch of the 2020 NBA draft defied gravity. With one solid slam, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards then defied energy.
After posterizing Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe, Edwards flashed his signature smile. He then looked up to the scoreboard to adore his work.
Once the sport ended, on the other hand, Edwards did not sound too impressed with his dunk that straight went viral. The reason? The Timberwolves skilled an 86-81 loss to Toronto on Friday. Edwards finished with valid seven aspects whereas shooting 3-of-14 from the field and nil-of-7 from 3-level vary, and Minnesota fell to a league-worst 7-23.
“It modified into all correct, nonetheless I didn’t make any shots,” Edwards talked about. “I don’t care about the dunk. I hoped we had been going to receive. As a group, we didn’t make any shots. The dunk modified into mountainous, nonetheless we didn’t make shots. Now we possess to resolve something out.”
By the contrivance, Edwards’ commentary matched some NBA reporters on social media. Instead of marveling at Edwards’ athleticism, they chafed at his shooting accuracy. Such comments sparked a backlash from quite rather a lot of NBA followers that merely desired to worship a highlight-reel slam.
Anthony Edwards all over the place Twitter tonight with the dunk of the 365 days. He moreover has 7 aspects on 3/14 shooting, 0/7 on 3s.
— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) February 20, 2021
Seven aspects for the No. 1 overall snatch in the draft tonight. Sweet dunk tho.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 20, 2021
In the direction of his rookie season, Edwards has been inconsistent with his shooting. He has averaged 14.6 aspects whereas shooting 38.3% from the field and 31.9% from 3-level vary. In the past two games, Edwards has shot a mixed 6-of-29 from the field and nil-of-11 from 3-level vary. But, Edwards has impressed the Timberwolves with his athleticism, defense and coachability.
“I want to return in and shoot correct now,” Edwards talked about. “Inspect what’s going on with the rims.”