Is Michael Jordan really Anthony Edwards’ father? Exploring the rumor about the NBA stars

There’s still Speculation around Anthony Edwards and especially the lingering question – Is he Michael Jordan's son? Find out the truth behind the rumor mill.

Written by Oindrila Chowdhury , Writer
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 | 07:34 PM IST | 354K
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Truth behind the buzz about Michael Jordan being Anthony Edwards' dad ( Getty Images )

Contrary to some humorous speculations, Anthony Edwards, the first overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2020 NBA Draft is not the son of the legendary Michael Jordan, but a rising star in his own right.

Born on August 5, 2001, to Yvette Edwards and Roger Caruth, Anthony Edwards entered the basketball scene with a promising high school career at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta. 

His journey continued with a commitment to play college basketball for Georgia, where he earned the title of SEC Freshman of the Year after an impressive debut season.

Affectionately nicknamed 'Ant-man' by his father Roger during his childhood, Edwards has grown into a 6'4" powerhouse for the Timberwolves. 

Interestingly, he has drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan, not just for his skills on the court but also due to some visual resemblances, like a shared facial structure in their rookie photos.


However, the comparisons go beyond appearances. 

Anthony Edwards' playing style mirrors Jordan's in many aspects.


Also, the media frenzy surrounding a young talent's rise often leads to inevitable comparisons with legendary figures, and in Edwards' case, Michael Jordan became the natural reference point.

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It's crucial to note that while Edwards showcases flashes of brilliance reminiscent of Jordan, matching up to the legendary status of the basketball icon would be an extraordinary accomplishment. 

Statistical Brilliance: Anthony Edwards' rise to NBA stardom

The 2020 NBA Draft, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, saw Edwards selected as the No. 1 overall pick, and he made an impactful debut in December 2020.

Notably, Anthony Edwards finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, securing a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He also achieved milestones like scoring 42 points in a single game as the third youngest player in NBA history to do so.

As the seasons progressed, Edwards continued to shine, earning an All-Star selection and becoming a consistent force for the Timberwolves. 

In the 2022-23 season, he recorded impressive stat lines and even earned the title of NBA Western Conference Player of the Week after a stellar performance leading Minnesota to an undefeated week.

Here's a breakdown of his regular season statistics:

2020-21 Season:

  • Field Goals (FG): 505 made out of 1211 attempts, with a shooting percentage of 41.7%.
  • Three-Pointers (3PT): Connected on 171 out of 520 attempts, with a 32.9% accuracy.
  • Free Throws (FT): 211 successful out of 272 attempts, boasting a free-throw percentage of 77.6%.
  • Rebounds (REB): Secured a total of 336 rebounds, comprising 59 offensive rebounds and 277 defensive rebounds.
  • Assists (AST): Distributed 211 assists to teammates.
  • Steals (STL): Showed defensive prowess with 82 steals.
  • Points (PTS): Accumulated a total of 1392 points during the season.

2021-22 Season:

  • Improved his shooting efficiency, making 549 field goals out of 1245 attempts, at a 44.1% success rate.
  • Three-Pointers (3PT): Connected on 215 out of 602 attempts, demonstrating a 35.7% accuracy.
  • Free Throws (FT): Improved free-throw shooting to 78.6%, with 220 successful attempts out of 280.
  • Recorded 343 rebounds, with 62 offensive and 281 defensive rebounds.
  • Increased playmaking with 275 assists.
  • Registered 105 steals and 46 blocks.
  • Accumulated 1533 points during the season.

2022-23 Season:

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  • Continued to elevate his game, making 707 field goals out of 1541 attempts, with a 45.9% shooting percentage.
  • Maintained a solid three-point shooting percentage of 36.9%, connecting on 213 out of 578 attempts.
  • Free Throws (FT): Made 319 out of 422 attempts, with a free-throw percentage of 75.6%.
  • Recorded 458 rebounds, including 47 offensive and 411 defensive rebounds.
  • Impressive playmaking with 350 assists.
  • Showcased defensive skills with 125 steals and 58 blocks.
  • Accumulated 1946 points during the season.

2023-24 Season:

  • Continued his efficient scoring, making 332 field goals out of 719 attempts, with a shooting percentage of 46.2%.
  • Three-Pointers (3PT): Maintained a strong three-point shooting percentage of 38.5%, connecting on 92 out of 239 attempts.
  • Free Throws (FT): Demonstrated exceptional free-throw shooting at 84.8%, making 207 out of 244 attempts.
  • Recorded 199 rebounds, including 26 offensive and 173 defensive rebounds.
  • Distributed 186 assists to teammates.
  • Showed defensive prowess with 48 steals and 22 blocks.
  • Accumulated 963 points during the season.

Career Totals (Up to 2023-24 Season):

  • Throughout his career, Edwards has made a total of 2093 field goals out of 4716 attempts, with a career shooting percentage of 44.4%.
  • Maintained a consistent three-point shooting percentage of 35.6%, connecting on 691 out of 1939 attempts.
  • Free Throws (FT): Demonstrated solid free-throw shooting at 78.6%, making 957 out of 1218 attempts.
  • Recorded a career total of 1336 rebounds, comprising 194 offensive and 1142 defensive rebounds.
  • Distributed 1022 assists to teammates.
  • Showcased defensive skills with 360 steals and 162 blocks.
  • Accumulated an impressive 5834 points over his career.

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