Anthony Edwards set up to fail in Minnesota
The Timberwolves struck gold when they got the no.1 pick in the 2015 draft and selected Karl Anthony Towns, since drafting the former Kentucky Wildcat man however, Minnesota have managed to build just one roster capable of reaching the playoffs. Minnesota earned the no.1 draft pick for the second time in five years in 2020 where they selected Anthony Edwards but they once again sit in a position of weakness and it may be another case of failed promise in Minnesota.
Minnesota currently sit on a record of 9-30, good enough for worst in the league and putting them in a strong position to keep their draft pick in the stacked 2021 class but if they fall outside the top 3 in the lottery, they lose their pick & if they get a top 3 pick in 2021 they lose their 2022 first round pick no matter where it falls.
The Timberwolves made this trade with Golden State in a desperate attempt to sure up their team before they even had the 2020 no.1 pick, pairing long time friends D'Angelo Russell & KAT but so far, mainly due to injury and covid-19, we have not seen the trade bear fruit. Towns is a two time all-star and the epitome of the modern day NBA big and although the T-Wolves have made it clear he is their man, thus far they have failed him.
KAT is still only 25, his best years are ahead of him, just like Anthony Edwards (19), D'Angelo Russell (25) & the potentially franchise changing top 3 pick in 2021 but Towns has already missed out on some great years due to how Minnesota have run their operations since 2015. The big man is loyal and he has never expressed interest in leaving the Timberwolves but at this very moment you look at KAT and you think 'what if'. That is not the career that Towns deserves and if it is a sign of things to come then we could see Anthony Edwards end up in the same situation a few years down the line.
There were many people questioning Edwards selection at no.1 in the 2020 draft and his early season struggles did nothing to quell that but now Edwards is one of the top candidates in rookie of the year conversations, he's consistently dropping 20 points a night and he is the Minnesota leader with Towns still trying to return to his best form. On Sunday night, Edwards dropped in a career high 34 points, with six made threes & shooting 100% from the line. This kid is the real deal and the Timberwolves have to nourish his talent aswell as building the best possible team around him to succeed, something they have failed to do with KAT.
The Timberwolves have a young core of talent, with Towns, Edwards, Russell & Beasley but they have very little capital to move around in the trade market and a serious lack of defense. They may get a franchise changing player in the 2021 draft and if they do it may be time to consider trading KAT. The former no.1 pick is a star in this league and ready to be part of team capable of challenging at the very top level, they would receive a haul of talent & picks which they could use as a stepping stone to build a challenger around Anthony Edwards.
A big decision to make but it's time for Minnesota to get aggressive and build a challenger!