June 15, 2024

Victor Wembanyama: A Generational Talent?

Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, is considered by many as a generational prospect, especially as a rookie. Held with the likes of Allen Iverson, Lebron James, and Tim Duncan, he is viewed by onlookers as the next big rookie.

Wembanyama currently stands at 7’4” and weighs in at 230 lbs. He’s a standout, defensively and offensively. He takes advantage of his length in the lane, and he’s unusually quick for his size, thus covering ground well. A lethal shot blocker and capable perimeter defender. On offense, he’s a great ball handler, has a high capacity for playmaking, and has a perfectly smooth jumper. Wembanyama receives criticism on mainly one aspect, and it’s not even concerning his play. His physical stature is viewed as a critical weakness of his, but with time he’ll pack on muscle and fat. He has no other weaknesses and will just need to continue to refine his play and develop his game sense.

On November 2nd, the Spurs went up against the Phoenix Suns. Wembanyama dropped 38 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists, becoming the second rookie, in franchise, following only David Robinson to achieve that statline. He led the Spurs to a 132-121 victory against the Suns. This win and what Wembanyama put up, leads fans to believe he has a high ceiling for what he can achieve in the coming future.