NBA MVP Power Rankings: Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid battling for early-season dominance

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Anthony Edwards
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7. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves

At the moment, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been the surprise of the NBA. Certainly of the Western Conference. Through the first 11 games of the season, the Wolves are 8-3 and are sitting as a top-3 seed in the conference. One of the big reasons for their encouraging early-season success is the continued progression of Anthony Edwards, who is on pace to have the best season of his career thus far.

Edwards is averaging 26 points, six rebounds, and five assists on 47 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from 3-point range. He’s emerging as one of the best two-way stars in the NBA and there’s not much that he can’t do on the basketball floor. He’s become the leader that the Wolves have needed and hasn’t even begun to scratch the surface of the player he can be.

Minnesota should be excited about their future and Edwards is a big reason why. If the Wolves can remain a top-4 team in the West this season, there’s a very real chance Edwards finishes in the top-5 of NBA MVP voting.