April 13, 2024

Wembanyama, it’s confirmed!

After missing his second NBA game of the season with the Spurs on Tuesday due to a sore right ankle, Victor Wembanyama should be back at the controls of his pyrotechnics show on Thursday night on the Chicago floor (2am Thursday night in France – for once, the San Antonio game is not broadcast by beIN Sports).

In the race with Chet Holmgren, OKC’s excellent 21-year-old pivot…

After missing his second NBA game of the season with the Spurs on Tuesday due to a sore right ankle, Victor Wembanyama should be back at the controls of his pyrotechnics show on Thursday night on the Chicago floor (2am Thursday night in France – for once, the San Antonio game is not broadcast by beIN Sports).

In the race with Chet Holmgren, OKC’s excellent 21-year-old pivot, Wemby is confirmed for the second week in a row as the most important player of the season.1 It’s an understatement to say that the native of Le Chesnay has been a sensation since his debut in the Big League, but not everything is perfect, far from it. Individually, his shooting percentage is not good, at 43.6% (7.1/16.3), and he also loses too many balls (3.4 per game). The 2.24 m giant, an ultra-modern all-terrain interior, has carte blanche with Gregg Popovich to attack in every possible way (and therefore miss).

Wembanyama may also suffer from the Texans’ catastrophic record, with 4 wins to 22 losses (slightly more than the Pistons at 2/25). But he’s well on his way to becoming the very first French ROY in NBA history. He will be only the third European player to achieve this distinction, after Spanish pivot Pau Gasol in 2002 and Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic in 2019. 14