In the first half of the game, Edwards was criticized for poor shot selection and tragic shooting rate. 30.2% of three-pointers and 37.1% of total field goal percentage are all unqualified results. But after the All-Star Game, he averaged 30.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, 47.9% from the field and 39.1% from the three-point range. In the game against the Suns on the 19th, Edwards scored a game-high 42 points plus 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, making him the third youngest player in history to score 40 points in a single game. In front of him are LeBron and KD, plus Melo on the list, each of them is the league’s top star, showing that this achievement is really not easy. And he has scored 105 points in the past three games, making him the only player in league history to score more than 100 points in three games under the age of 20.
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One of the main reasons Edwards can reinvent himself after the star game is to improve his inefficient play in the past. Originally before the Star Game, his emergency stop jump shot rate accounted for 35.3% of the total shots, of which the two-point shooting rate and the three-point shooting rate were tragic 26.8% and 25.2%. The difficult shots made him inefficient, and his total shooting percentage in the first half of the season was only 37.1%, which is why he has been criticized.
However, it can be seen from the film that his center of gravity is maintained very well in the process. No matter which direction he moves, he can finally find balance in the air and shoot. This is a very valuable ability. If he can improve his shooting options in the future, then this unsolvable three-pointer will become his lethal weapon.
In the second half of the season, the rate of Edwards’ emergency stop jumpers dropped to 32.6%. Although he still loves to pull up jumpers outside the three-point line, the frequency of mid-range pull-ups has been reduced. Instead, more offensive baskets. Edwards’ shot rate within ten feet of the basket has risen sharply from 42.4% to 50%. With a very fast first step and a strong physique, he is getting better and better at using various steps to swing away from the basket or push opponents away. The hit rate within ten feet has also risen from 48% to 58%.
Edwards’ first step is already at the top of the league. The instant acceleration makes it difficult for the defender to react, and it also allows him to pass many opponents even when the dribble is not particularly good.
A large number of penalty area attacks have also increased Edwards’ free throw attempts. Before the star game, he took 2.4 shots from the free throw line per game. After the star game, he shot up to 6.6 in one breath. Because of his exaggerated ability to stay in the air, he often After being able to fight against the opponent in the air, it will last until the last shot and foul. It’s a pity that his free throw percentage after the star game was not ideal, falling from 80.5% to only 69.7%. From the clip, it can be seen that his body tends to lean forward when he free throws, which leads to his unstable shooting action. This is the reason for his poor free throw percentage. I hope he can make adjustments in the coming season.
The new head coach Finch also arranged a set of tactics for the two main players in the formation: Towns and Edwards to use in the crucial fourth quarter. Started by Towns and Edwards standing in the horns of the elbow zone, the point guard passes the ball to the Towns, whose coping ability is underestimated, and then relies on his perimeter restraint to make the next judgment. Edwards hand-in-hand Or air cut, attacking dislocation through the advantage of size or speed. In the second half of the season against the Blazers and the Suns, the Gray Wolves used this tactic many times in the fourth quarter and eventually reversed and won.
Although Edwards already has enough weapons in his personal offense, he is still unable to create opportunities for his teammates at this stage. Therefore, the head coach Finch gave him a simpler finishing task, allowing him to think about the offensive basket after he got the ball. Although it limited the development of his creativity, it also allowed him to make a big leap in scoring. Such development has been considered very successful.
In the future, Edwards will inevitably be under more strict supervision of the teams. Then let him slowly learn how to pass the ball after attracting defenders. People like Mitchell, Lillard and others use their own offensive threats to drive the team’s rotation. It will be gray. The direction that the wolf coaches and Edwards are working hard. But no matter what, Edwards’ performance in the second half of the season has proved that he is not a parallel importer, but one of the top players in this tier. Although some off-court remarks made his mentality question also questioned, he can see his strong competitive spirit in the game, which separates him from the performance of Andrew Wiggins at the beginning of his career. Today’s Edwards All-Star’s The qualifications have been revealed.
Anthony Edwards’ days to become a star in the league may be much faster than you think.
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