By Beau Cline
Victor Wembanyama, the future No. 1 NBA draft pick, a 7 ‘3 french specimen is the hottest new prospect since Lebron Jame’s infamous draft pick in 2003. Every NBA team has had their eye on Victor since the start of the season, with many teams tanking their record with the hopes of possibly getting their hands on this future superstar. However, the San Antonio Spurs are projected to have the 1st pick this draft and with that they are most likely going to select Wembanyama. With an incoming player like Victor, the Spurs have already been projected to make the playoff’s next season, and can expect sold out arenas with people looking to watch this future superstar. Along with these sold out arenas, they can expect a major increase in TV presence on national television.
Several NBA scouts have mentioned how special a person Victor is, like Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski who said, “This is the most highly-anticipated player to ever enter the NBA…maybe the greatest prospect in the history of team sports.” Some scouts have compared him to famous superstar Kevin Durant as he’s also a tall, skinny shot creator. Though Wembanyama has an 8 foot wingspan and is a major force on defense and is an outstanding shot blocker. On offense, he has very good ball handling considering his size and has a silky smooth jumper that’s consistent from beyond the arch.
All these things considered, he’s still gonna be a rookie coming into the most talented basketball league in the world. It’s not uncommon for a super hyped up first round pick to come into the league and not perform to the hyped up standard. And for Wembanyama, this hype is through the roof. His skinny frame is also a large concern, due to the fact that in the NBA he’ll be matched up against big men with an average weight of 255+ pounds compared to his measly 224 pounds.
Nonetheless, he’s still considered to be one of the greatest prospects of all time, only time will tell us how great of a career he’ll have. Make sure to tune in to the 2023 draft this year to witness the start of the potential future of the NBA.