According to reports, Lamelo Ball won the NBA Rookie of the Year honor on Wednesday afternoon.
This seemed to ignite the fire under the leadership of Anthony Edwards.
The No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft posted on Twitter and supported a message about the Rookie of the Year vote, part of which read: “You should never poke a bear.”
Of course, Edwards despised this decision.
He spent a strong rookie season with the Timberwolves, and played 72 games while also playing excellent numbers. Edwards averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, and he gets better as the season progresses. He has two 42-point games throughout the year, averaging 23.5 points in the last 16 games, of which the Wolves have a 9-7 record.
At the same time, Ball is the all-around playmaker for the Hornets, averaging 15.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. As a starter, he performed even better, averaging 18.1 points per game in that game. However, due to a wrist injury in March that caused him to miss a month of games, he only played 51 games.
The ball is an important part of the Hornets’ progress, which allows them to climb to the height of the No. 4 seed in the East. Without him, Charlotte struggled and got stuck in the game. Therefore, why Bauer won the award with two outstanding candidates in a season is understandable.
Nevertheless, Edwards seems to have a bargaining chip on his shoulders after making this decision. Minnesota won’t mind, because it will motivate the 19-year-old to improve before the second season.
After the situation started to improve under the leadership of Chris Finch at the end of last season, this may help further stimulate the Timberwolves’ vitality.