Timberwolves’ Anthony Edwards calls himself ‘No. 1 option’ on loaded Team USA Olympic roster

Anthony Edwards took the NBA world by storm with a sensational run in the 2024 playoffs, and he’s not backing down from the spotlight of the international stage.

Edwards will be making his Olympics debut when he plays for Team USA in the 2024 Paris Olympics, suiting up alongside established stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, and Jayson Tatum.

That star-studded roster hasn’t stopped the bravado of Edwards from calling himself the main star on the team.

“I’m still the number one option. Y’all might look at it differently. I don’t really care if you do,” Edwards said.

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Asked how he’d need to fit on the team, Edwards chose to view it a different way.

“I just go out there and be myself, shoot my shot, play defense. And they’ve got to fit it around me,” Edwards said. “That’s how I feel.”

Edwards, the No. 1 pick in 2020, had a sensational playoff run for Minnesota in which he took over the basketball world. In 16 games, he averaged 27.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and 48.1 percent from the field.

Edwards has twice been named an All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2024.

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The Team USA basketball roster is littered with players more accomplished than Edwards, and at 22, Edwards is the youngest player on the squad. Seven of the players are NBA champions and four are former MVPs.

Still, one has to applaud the continued confidence of the young star.

Team USA basketball roster

Name Team
Bam Adebayo Miami Heat
Devin Booker Phoenix Suns
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers
Kevin Durant Phoenix Suns
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers
Anthony Edwards Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyrese Haliburton Indiana Pacers
Jrue Holiday Boston Celtics
LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics


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