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Wolves rookie Anthony Edwards hits head on backboard in poster dunk on Nikola Jokic

Jason Owens
·1-min read

No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards is experiencing some expected growing pains early in his NBA career.

The Minnesota Timberwolves rookie is also recording his fair share of highlights — none more exciting than a poster dunk he landed Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard found himself in prime position in the second quarter when teammate Jarred Vanderbilt corralled an offensive rebound over Nuggets All-Pro center Nikola Jokic. Once Vanderbilt gathered the loose ball, he immediately found Edwards on the baseline with a bounce pass.

Edwards proceeded to do this:

It gets better

That adds up to insult on top of injury after Jokic got beat for the rebound.

But full-speed video doesn’t do Edwards’ dunk justice.

Check out the still image. He hit his head on the bottom of the backboard.

Edwards was drafted No. 1 overall thanks in large part to his combination of ideal size, strength and elite athleticism. It’s a lesson Jokic learned the hard way on Tuesday.

Jan 5, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA;  Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (1) dunks over Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the second quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
So this is why the Timberwolves drafted Edwards first overall. (Ron Chenoy/Reuters)

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