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Did Trae Young Miss the Chance to Team Up with Anthony Edwards?



Trae Young and Anthony Edwards

The Minnesota Timberwolves are on fire in the NBA playoffs! They started by sweeping the Phoenix Suns in the first round, and now they’ve got the defending champs, the Denver Nuggets, in serious trouble with a 2-0 lead in the Conference Semis. Leading the charge is Anthony Edwards, who’s only 22 but playing like a seasoned pro.

Everyone’s talking about the Timberwolves’ amazing run. Anthony Edwards, in particular, is getting a ton of attention. Some people are even comparing him to Michael Jordan! That’s high praise in the basketball world.

It’s not just hype, though. Edwards is backing it up on the court. He’s been a force to be reckoned with, driving the Timberwolves forward with his skills and determination. With him leading the charge, Minnesota looks unstoppable right now.

Not too long ago, Anthony Edwards was just a hopeful prospect in the 2020 NBA Draft. During that draft, the Atlanta Hawks had a shot at landing a top-four pick, but luck wasn’t on their side, and they ended up with the sixth pick. With that pick, they chose Onyeka Okongwu, who has turned out to be a valuable asset for the team in his first four seasons.


But while Okongwu has been making his mark, it’s Edwards who’s been grabbing headlines lately. His rise to stardom has been so impressive that even established NBA players are sitting up and taking notice. One of those players is Trae Young, the star of the Atlanta Hawks.

Just a couple of days back, Trae Young took to X (formerly Twitter) to share his thoughts on Edwards’ jaw-dropping performance, where he scored 43 points against the Nuggets. Young was clearly impressed, writing, “Ant Man in that Zone!!” Edwards didn’t let up after his remarkable Game 1 performance. In the next game, he continued to shine, scoring 27 points and dishing out 7 assists, helping the T-Wolves secure a convincing 106-80 victory.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) reacts with Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the second half at State Farm Arena.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) reacts with Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) during the second half at State Farm Arena.

After Anthony Edwards’ remarkable performance, the X account of Everything Georgia, a platform celebrating all things related to Georgia, posted a congratulatory message. The caption read, “The whole state of Georgia is rooting for Ant-Man to win it all.” This statement reflected the pride and support of Georgia residents for their hometown hero.

However, what really grabbed fans’ attention the comments made by Trae Young, the Atlanta Hawks star. Under the post, Young wrote, “Should’ve been a Hawk to start, but that’s for another day.” This comment hinted at a missed opportunity for the Hawks to draft Edwards initially, stirring up speculation and conversation among fans about what could have been if Edwards had landed in Atlanta.

Just think about it: what if the Atlanta Hawks had lucked out in that lottery and snagged Anthony Edwards to team up with Trae Young? It’s a scenario that bound to make fans wonder “what if?” The Hawks are currently facing some challenges. It is with talks swirling about potentially breaking up their backcourt duo of Young and Dejounte Murray.


If the Hawks had managed to secure Edwards in the draft lottery. The whole landscape of their franchise could look totally different right now. Edwards and Young, two dynamic young talents, could have formed a powerhouse duo. That would strike fear into opponents across the league.

But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The Hawks missed out on that opportunity, and now they left contemplating their next moves. It’s a reminder of how the draft lottery can shape the future of a franchise, for better or for worse.

Sure, it’s all just a fun “what if” scenario. But imagining Anthony Edwards teaming up with Trae Young is enough to get any basketball fan excited. Edwards’s style of play would mesh perfectly with Young’s, adding another dimension to the Hawks’ offense.

Plus, there’s the added bonus of Edwards having played his college ball at the University of Georgia. Which would have been a great storyline for the hometown fans.


But as much as we can dream, the reality is that Edwards is currently leading the charge for the Minnesota Timberwolves. In fact, some folks are even considering them the favorites to snatch the NBA title. Though Vegas still seems to be favoring the Boston Celtics at the moment.

It just goes to show how quickly things can change in the world of basketball, from hypothetical duos to real contenders vying for the championship.