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T-Wolves' Anthony Edwards Will Be 'Salty' If He Doesn't Make 2023 All-Defensive Team

Doric SamSeptember 29, 2022

FILE - Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards is shown at an NBA basketball game Friday, April 1, 2022, in Denver. Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards was fined $40,000 by the NBA on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, for homophobic comments he made on social media.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards is already known for his offensive prowess, but he has high aspirations for his defensive performance this season as well.

Edwards told reporters on Thursday that he intends to guard the best opposing player "the majority of the time" and would be "salty" if he isn't selected to the All-Defensive team by the end of the year:

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Anthony Edwards said he will be guarding the best opposing offensive player the majority of the time this season — and because of that, Ant says he will be “salty” if he doesn’t make an All-Defense team this season.

The 21-year-old averaged 1.5 steals last season to go with 21.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He has a career defensive rating of 114.2, per StatMuse.

Edwards and the Timberwolves should take a major step forward defensively this season after acquiring three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert in a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz. Minnesota ranked 24th in the NBA last season with opponents averaging 113.3 points against them.

Edwards' commitment to upping his production on the defensive end will surely make a difference in 2022-23.

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