Anthony Edwards is enjoying the spotlight with Ja Morant, one of the NBA's most discussed topics of young players. Now, Edwards has bravely walked into the limelight of the playoffs, and players on 22Bet Nigeria have a lot of hope in the young superstar.
In Game 1, Edwards outshined Morant and stole some of the luster off the All-Star point guard, allowing Minnesota to take home-court advantage against Memphis. Morant delivered a few high-flying moments of his own, demonstrating that their fascinating first-round series is far from done.
The Timberwolves' rising star praises Memphis' supporters for sparking Morant’s game rather than playing against him. This will not be the last time Edwards goes head-to-head with Memphis' MVP contender. Their burgeoning Western Conference feud was only part of the spectacle put on by young, skilled players ecstatic to see the NBA playoffs begin.
Tyrese Maxey opened the postseason with a 38-point outburst in his second NBA postseason for Philadelphia. Edwards attained 36 points in his first game, while Morant scored 32. As Stephen Curry's starter, Jordan Poole racked up 30 points for Golden State in his debut postseason game.
This was the first time in NBA history that two players 22 or younger had 30-point playoff games on the same day. Edwards and Morant were the first players in NBA history to crack the top 30 points in the same playoff game when they were 22 years old or younger. Edwards, at the age of 20, is the newest addition to the group.
Morant, the No. 2 overall choice in the 2019 draft and the 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year, has been overshadowed by the 2020 No. 1 overall pick. Morant took Memphis to its greatest postseason seeding in franchise history, No. 2 overall, and the league's second-best record with 56 victories.
Edwards, according to All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, is only scraping the surface of his talent and skill. This is the first postseason meeting between Minnesota and Memphis, but because of their burgeoning superstars, it may be the first of many.
Edwards and Morant have a lot in common. Both are members of two of the NBA's newest franchises, both of which are rebuilding their rosters around high lottery selections. Neither the Grizzlies nor the Timberwolves are afraid to brag about how terrific they are and how much more time they deserve on the NBA's national stage.
A handful of the players' dads appear to feel that more Minnesota-Memphis matchups are on the way. Tee Morant and Karl Towns Sr. are reportedly betting on this series, with the loser wearing the winner's son's jersey. Families, as well as basketball lovers, appear to be enjoying the spectacle.
About Anthony Edwards
Edwards spent much of his childhood playing football as a running back, quarterback, and cornerback. By the age of ten, he had already established himself as one of the top Pop Warner running backs in the country. But, something changed in Edwards’ life when he shifted his concentration to basketball. This happened after witnessing his siblings play the sport, thinking it seemed more fun. At their grandmother's residence, he would frequently play basketball with his siblings. Soon, Justin Holland began training Edwards starting ninth grade.
Edwards was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals in 2016 due to his accomplishment with the Atlanta Xpress 15-under Amateur Athletic Union squad. As a member of the 2019 class, he started playing high school basketball for Therrell High School in Atlanta. Edwards moved to the 2020 class after transferring to Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta in early January 2017. Because Holy Spirit Preparatory provided lower class sizes and assistance, he made the change in an effort to better his academic performance.
About Ja Morant
Morant honed his skills in his backyard with the help of his dad, who showed him step-back jump shots and acquired tractor tires so he could practice landing softly. Morant was a member of the South Carolina Hornets, a tiny grassroots team headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, who competed on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuit. He shared a season with Zion Williamson, who went on to become one of the best players in his class.
Morant went to Sumter, South Carolina's Crestwood High School. He finished his career as the team's all-time best scorer with 1,679 points, including a career-high 47 versus Sumter High School. He scored 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game in his last two seasons, winning South Carolina Class 3A All-State accolades both years. Morant was also a three-time All-Region MVP in high school. Funny enough, he couldn't dunk until he was a high school senior. During the summer of his second season in 2018, Ja Morant began to get the attention of several scouts. Chris Paul's Elite Guard Camp invited him to be one of 20 players.