After Anthony Edwards closed his season opener with 15 points, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders praised the demeanor he had played with, especially as a rookie

Saturday’s No. 1 overall win came in 18 points, including nine in the first quarter, two steals and a rebound to lead the Timberwolves’ efforts off the bench in a 116-111 win over Utah Jazz, who shot 8 -of-12 from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range, and showed his offensive scoring chances, from driving to the edge to hitting a Dirk Nowitzki-like fadeaway shot

The 19-year-old’s performance helped the Timberwolves remain undefeated early in the season and was later more praised by his head coach

“Confidence and poise, that’s how I’ll describe him now,” Saunders said of Edwards. “He’s going to be a really, really good player in this league and he already is. He’ll keep taking steps because he has a growth philosophy that we love about Ant I thought he was on the offensive and you don’t see that that often in a teenager ”

Edwards has a total of 33 points in his first two games in the NBA, the fourth most from a Timberwolves newbie in the first two games The demeanor and confidence he’s playing with has been evident so far and he doesn’t seem as fast to slow down

Saunders said Edwards improves every time he steps on the pitch, hinting that at some point he will make a tough decision when it comes to setting the starting line-up based on his early performances as that statement could turn out to be Edwards will soon be on the grid

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New York Knicks newcomer Obi Toppin will be absent from the season opener on Wednesday for at least a week due to a strained right calf, the team said on Saturday evening

Toppin didn’t train after the season opener and didn’t play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.He will be re-rated in 7-10 days and will likely miss at least the next four games while he recovers from the injury

The eighth overall pick recorded nine points, three rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes of work in the season opener loss to Indiana Pacers Knicks head coach Tom

After a win to stay undefeated, in which Trae Young scored 36 points, Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce only wanted to talk about uncovered rookie Nathan Knight

Apparently, there was a lot to talk about, but Pierce wanted to recognize Knight after his career. Knight logged less than nine minutes of the competition but hit a career high of 14 points off the bench, eight of them in the first half alone

Former William & Mary star received praise from Young, who said after the game that if Knight had given one, Knight would have gotten the ball

On Saturday, Charlotte Hornet’s rookie LaMelo Ball recorded his first points in the NBA in the second game of the year after going goalless in Wednesday’s season opener

Ball scored his first point on the free-throw line against the Oklahoma City Thunder after being fouled in a layup attempt early in the first quarter, when he switched to one of two shots off the line when his first official bucket only few Seconds later came

The 19-year-old scored his first basket a few possessions later after struggling to reach the edge

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