Napheesa Collier and Anthony Edwards have earned recognition as stars and franchise cornerstones in their home state of Minnesota, and now they are being hailed as standouts in their age group across the United States.
On the annual Forbes 30 under 30 North America list, which was announced recently, both Collier and Edwards are among the sports figures who have been recognized.
Collier, a fifth-year star forward for the Minnesota Lynx, had an outstanding year in 2023, bouncing back from a shortened 2022 season due to childbirth. She showcased her skills and was acknowledged as one of the best in the WNBA, finishing fourth in scoring and seventh in rebounding while earning All-WNBA First Team honors.
Throughout the 37 games in 2023, the 27-year-old averaged a career-high 21.5 points per game along with 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks, while shooting 48.5% from the field and 29.8% from three. Collier also stepped into a leadership role, serving as the sole captain of the Lynx and becoming the official face of the franchise.
Forbes has also noted Collier’s involvement in Unrivaled, a new league for WNBA players, and her role as an advisor for Overtime Select, a new league for high schoolers.
On the other hand, Edwards continues to elevate his game in the NBA, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to one of their best starts in franchise history. He has posted career-high numbers of 26.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, along with 1.4 steals, in 16 games thus far.
Furthermore, Edwards has made a significant impact off the court, making his acting debut in the film “Hustle”, earning his first All-Star selection, leading Team USA in scoring during the 2023 FIBA World Cup, and releasing his first signature shoe, the AE1, with Adidas.
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