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How does Anthony Edwards’ season at age 20 compare to other NBA greats?

watch Anthony Edwards floating in the air, hitting back three steps and lulling his defenders with his arms makes it easy to forget he’s only 20 years old. Despite his late birthday on August 5, 2001, Edwards is still younger than some of last year’s draft class. For example, Edwards is entering his third year in the NBA and he is still under the predicted lottery pick. Keegan Murray.

Edwards had one of the most impressive seasons ever for a 20-year-old, averaging 21 points per game on 44% shooting with brilliant defense. In every game, Edwards seemed to join the list of “youngest players to make X”, so I figured it was a good time to make a list from those lists.

  • Youngest player to hit ten triples in a game
  • Youngest player to hit 150, 200 and 300 triples
  • Fourth youngest with 2500 career points
  • 3rd youngest player to score 40 points in a game
  • 3rd junior who has 45/5/5 night
  • Fourth youngest player to score 30 points in a playoff game.

And so on.

Edwards’ season at the age of 20 was a truly spectacular sight. Edwards has a unique talent, but for him, producing at such a young age is almost an anomaly. He entered the exclusive club of NBA legends. There is no doubt that Edwards is a superstar on and off the court. Right now, every Wolves fan is asking: How good is Edwards?

To help answer this question, I wanted to compare Ant’s 20-year season to some of the best 20-year seasons ever.

Prior to that, to avoid repeating Edwards’ stats in this article, in his 20-year season he averaged 21.3 points on 44% shooting, 3.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals this season.

Luka Doncic

Doncic represents the players with the best seasons under the age of 20. seasons like Kevin Duranseason with 25 points, 2 assists and 6 rebounds, LeBron JamesA season with 27 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. Or even Shaquille O’Neal23 points and 14 rebounds. Seasons equaling the performance of these players are rare and a player has to be very tough to be as productive as these stars. Since such good players rarely make it into the league, such seasons are likely to remain untouched for a while.

Luka nearly averaged a triple-double with 28 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds per game at the age of 20. This is the best season for a 20 year old player. Edwards didn’t match Doncic’s numbers at 20, but that’s far from a disappointment.

Carmelo Anthony

Anthony represents the elite of 20-year seasons. Not 20-year MVP-caliber seasons like Luka’s, but a respectable and promising season for a 20-year-old. seasons like Kobe Bryant20 points, 4 assists in the 1998 season, Anthony Davis20 points, 10 rebounds in 2014 or Kyrie IrvingWith22 points, 6 assists per game in 2012 season. All of these players were once in the top ten in the league.

The Denver Nuggets selected Anthony at age 19 from Syracuse. He spent his first year dominating the league, narrowly missing out on Rookie of the Year honors to LeBron. As a sophomore, he averaged 20.8 points on 43% shooting, 2.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds in his 20s—comparable statistics to Edwards. After he turned 20, Melo’s points per game jumped to 26.8 the following year and 28 the following year, a career high.

Tracey McGrady

McGrady represents late players who weren’t quite as elite, but quickly found success in the league after 20 years. Kevin Garnett In 1996, he started a step behind, averaging 17 points and 8 rebounding seasons. As every Minnesota fan knows, he discovered it pretty soon. Chris BoschThe 2004 season with 17 points and 9 rebounds also came from Kevin Garnetts. Although these seasons are very good for a 20 year old, Anthony Edwards surpassed them. It should be a good sign that Edwards got away faster than those guys. While this does not guarantee that he will get better, he is off to a great start.

McGrady was one of the youngest players to ever enter the league. But after two bleak years at ages 18 and 19, he finally hit the ground running in his 20th season. In a much smaller role than Ant, McGrady finished his third season averaging 15 points per game on 45% shooting, 3.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds. Like Carmelo AnthonyMcGrady saw a huge jump in performance the year after, averaging 26 points per game at age 21.

These numbers and comparisons create context and a roadmap. No Wolves fan should take Edwards for granted as a player and personality of a generation. But the numbers also give fans an idea of ​​which company Edwards already belongs to.

While players like Luca are out of reach right now, there’s no guarantee that Edwards won’t be able to catch up. Despite being one step behind Doncic, being one step ahead of a player like Kevin Garnett is already an accomplishment.

After they turned 20, each player’s stats in this article went up. With Ant the question is no longer Can he get better? How much better will he get?

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