April 17, 2024

Wembanyama, the new blow?

Victor Wembanyama’s first season in the NBA has been as much about individual brilliance as collective frustration. While the French prodigy is averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3 assists – which is exceptional for a rookie – his frustration with the San Antonio Spurs’ record is palpable. He’s managed to contain it thanks to the regularity with which he’s been playing this…

Victor Wembanyama’s first season in the NBA has been as much about individual brilliance as collective frustration. While the French prodigy is averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3 assists – which is exceptional for a rookie – his frustration with the San Antonio Spurs’ record is palpable. He’s managed to contain it thanks to the regularity with which he’s been playing this season (25 games out of a possible 28), but for how much longer?

It’s possible that the young French international, drafted in the first position curs – Wemby won’t know if he’s been cleared to face the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night (2 a.m. French time) until a few hours before kick-off at San Antonio’s Frost Bank Center.

In his absence, Gregg Popovich, appalled by the sequence during which his player weakened his already sore ankle, could opt to start Zach Collins. We know that Victor Wembanyama has made the Rookie of the Year award a priority, as he is unable to enjoy a competitive season with San Antonio, or even to claim a place in the All-Star Game. His rivals in this race, Oklahoma City’s Chet Holmgren and Miami’s Jaime Jaquez Jr, are unfailingly reliable and lack only the best.