The basketball world is buzzing with anticipation for the upcoming NBA draft, and one name is on everyone’s lips: Victor Wembanyama.
The 7-foot-3 French player, who possesses elite guard skills, is the favorite to be the number one pick.
However, NBA teams are currently under strict rules preventing them from mentioning Wembanyama’s name, as he is not officially in the draft yet.
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is trying to play it coy, but it’s clear he, like many other NBA coaches, can’t help but think about the 19-year-old Wembanyama ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft, where he is the No. 1 draft prospect.
While he can’t say too much about the young Frenchman, he knows that his team, like many others, could benefit greatly from Wembanyama’s talents.
Wembanyama is the talk of the NBA ahead of the draft, with scouts describing him as a “freak” and “something we’ve never seen before.”
Wembanyama, who currently plays for Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in France, is leading the French league with averages of 21.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game.
His latest viral moment was when he took a 3-pointer, missed it short, followed the shot, and slammed it home in one motion, unfazed by any defenders in his way.
The three worst teams of the NBA season – the Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs – all have a 14% chance of winning the lottery to secure the No. 1 pick.
Fans of these teams are hoping that Wembanyama will be the one to turn their teams around.
However, this draft class is not just about Wembanyama, with other top prospects such as Scoot Henderson and Brandon Miller also vying for the top picks.
Despite the hype around Wembanyama, he remains a relatively low-key player, keeping to himself and rarely doing post-game interviews.
However, his skills have caught the attention of some of the biggest names in the NBA, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who describe him as a unique talent with the potential to be one of the best in the game.
Wembanyama’s talents have caught the attention of many NBA legends, including Dirk Nowitzki, who describes him as “unbelievable.”
Even Giannis Antetokounmpo predicts he could be “one of the best to play this game.”
In the end, it will all come down to the luck of the draw. The team that wins the lottery will say it was all worth it.
The others will feel at least some pang of disappointment, whether they say it or not.
There is no debate that Wembanyama is the pick, and a team that was really bad this season is probably going to get really good really fast.
Detroit general manager Troy Weaver says he is not worried about where the ball drops and won’t walk around betting everything on the lottery.