The San Antonio Spurs number 1 overall pick and French phenom Victor Wembanyama showed why he can make an immediate impact in the NBA. After getting his feet wet in his Summer League debut on July 7th, Wembanyama was able to flip the script in a big way.
Victor erupted for 27 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in the Spurs next game on July 9th. As a part of his spectacular performance, Wembanyama knocked down a pair of three pointers and some amazing dunks.
Wembanyama is an elite force when contesting shots on the defensive end. The NBA was put on notice when Wembanyama easily blocked the three-point attempt by the Charlotte Hornets number 2 overall pick, Brandon Miller.
He seemed much more comfortable with a day of practice under his belt. The 19-year-old French superstar is eager to improve his game. He has an opportunity to learn from some great role models in the Spurs organization. Wembanyama will join David “the Admiral” Robinson and Tim Duncan as the only number 1 picks in Spurs history. Those are pretty great players that he can take some advice from.
Victor will not have to worry about a coaching change anytime soon as Spurs’ all-time great head coach Gregg Popovich just signed a new 5-year deal worth $80 million. He could not have asked to be under the tutelage of a better coach. Popovich is one of the best coaches in NBA history.
The Spurs are hoping that Victor Wembanyama can lead them back to being a perennial playoff contender. San Antonio has been in the basement of the Western Conference the past couple years. The Spurs are a highly decorated franchise with five championships. Their last title was back in 2014. San Antonio will have to find ways to use their money to lure in big name free agents to come play with Victor Wembanyama. The Spurs have plenty of cap space to get some more talent to surround Wembanyama. In the meantime, Wembanyama will fit in well with the Spurs already stacked young core of Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Tre Jones, Sandro Mamukelishvili and Blake Wesley. If Victor Wembanyama’s latest performance in the Summer League on July 9th is anything to go by, he is poised to do special things for the Spurs franchise.