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Anthony Edwards’ 42 points make mark in NBA rookie history

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards set a new bar for rookie scoring excellence in dropping 40 on the Suns in a 123-119 victory.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have seen 12 top-five Draft picks suit up for the franchise during its 32-year history.

None of them — or any other Timberwolves rookie for that matter — scored as many points in his rookie season as Anthony Edwards did on Thursday night.

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 draft poured in a career-high 42 points in Minnesota’s stunning 123-119 win against the Phoenix Suns. The performance bests previous Timberwolves rookie nights by Zach LaVine (37), Karl-Anthony Towns (35), and Christian Laettner (35), and also surpasses Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey for most points scored by a first-year player this season.

At 19 years and 226 days old, Edwards becomes the third-youngest player in NBA history to score 40 or more in a game, trailing only LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Edwards is also the first rookie to score 40 or more points in a game since Grayson Allen dropped 40 on the LA Clippers as a rookie with the Utah Jazz on April 10, 2019.

Youngest players to score 40 or more

PLAYER AGE DATE
LeBron James 19 years, 88 days March 27, 2004
Kevin Durant 19 years, 200 days April 16, 2008
Anthony Edwards 19 years, 225 days March 18, 2021
Carmelo Anthony 19 years, 306 days March 30, 2004

 

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