As if this past week couldn’t have gotten any better for Minnesota Timberwolves fans, the league office found a way to do just that on Monday afternoon.
The NBA announced that Wolves guard Anthony Edwards won the Western Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 3, which includes games played from November 6 through November 12. It is the first time Edwards has earned the honor in his young career, and certainly won’t be the last time. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft is the ninth Wolves player to win the award, according to the team.
Edwards averaged 31.3 points on 47.4% shooting, 6.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game, leading the Timberwolves to a 4-0 record with wins over the Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
Here’s a look at each of his performances, linked to the corresponding game recaps.
- 114-109 win on 11/6 vs. BOS (OT) — 38 points on 15/25 FG (6/7 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal in 38 minutes
- 12-101 win on 11/8 vs. NOP — 26 points on 10/22 FG (4/5 FT), three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, two blocks in 33 minutes
- 117-110 win on 11/10 at SAS — 28 points on 9/21 FG (8/11 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block in 37 minutes
- 116-110 win on 11/12 at GSW — 33 points on 11/27 FG (10/10 FT), six rebounds, seven assists, two steals in 38 minutes
adidas Basketball had an awesome message lined up that coincided with the release:
The announcement comes less than a week after Edwards ranked second in ESPN’s Top 25 Players Under 25 Years Old, which fittingly was published the morning following Ant’s monster effort leading the Timberwolves to a big overtime victory over the Celtics, which seemingly stamped his status as one of the game’s top superstars.
Safe to say that'll be the last time Draymond Green asks Anthony Edwards what he's going to do about it.— Canis Hoopus (@canishoopus) November 13, 2023
Since Dray talked trash to Ant at 5:25 (GSW down 98-86)...
Ant has 10 points on 3/5 FG and is 4/4 from the FT line.
Beyond his gaudy numbers, Edwards delivered in big moments time and time again over the past week for the Wolves, culminating in his clutch performance down the stretch of Minnesota’s win over Golden State on Sunday in response to Warriors forward Draymond Green talking some serious trash.
He also added a ridiculous poster jam over former Wolves forward Dario Šarić for good measure.
PUT THAT MAN ON A POSTER pic.twitter.com/CDthuLGRvq— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 13, 2023
Next up for Edwards and the Timberwolves will be another highly anticipated matchup with the Warriors in San Francisco on Tuesday at 9 PM CT, this time as part of the NBA In-Season Tournament. Fans can watch the game on Bally Sports North.