April 14, 2024

Wembanyama trumps GM votes

It’s been a tradition in the NBA for years: the general managers of the 30 franchises deliver their predictions for the coming season. With thirteen days to go before kick-off, the GMs were questioned on a variety of subjects, and Victor Wembanyama, the No.1 player in the draft, was inevitably at the heart of the discussions. To the question If you were starting at a franchise t…

It’s been a tradition in the NBA for years: the general managers of the 30 franchises deliver their predictions for the coming season. With thirteen days to go before kick-off, the GMs were questioned on a variety of subjects, and Victor Wembanyama, the No.1 player in the draft, was inevitably at the heart of the discussions. To the question If you were starting at a franchise today and could sign any player, who would it be?, 23% of general managers answered Victor Wembanyama.

The 19-year-old comes in behind defending champion Nikola Jokic (23%), but ahead of superstars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo (13%), whom GMs put at the top of the poll last year) or Luka Doncic (10%). The privilege of age, no doubt. The Spurs’ new player comes fourth in the most impactful summer rookie poll, with 7% of the votes, behind Damian Lillard in Milwaukee (47%), Jrue Holiday in Boston (13%) and Bradley Beal in Phoenix (10%). San Antonio onlyra indeed have no trouble achieving a better season in 2023-24 than last season…

Wembanyama next rookie of the year?

Concerning the title of ‘rookie of the year’, half the GMs think that Victor Wembanyama will win it, well ahead of Scoot Henderson (27%) and Chet Holmgren (20%). But the question on which the French prodigy puts everyone in agreement is which rookie will be the best player in five years’ time? At 90%, GMs vote for Wemby! The former Boulogne-Levallois player is eagerly awaited, but he knows it. He will play his very first NBA game on October 25 against Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving’s Dallas Mavericks. Quite a challenge! As for the NBA title, GMs are obviously not voting for Wemby’s Spurs, but 33% for the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets, with the Milwaukee Bucks coming third with 23% of the vote. As for the MVP title, 43% think it will return, for the third time, to Nikola Jokic. Who’s wrong? Who’s right? The answer in a few months’ time…