One of the most exciting things about sports is the hype surrounding rookies joining a professional league. Their hope of becoming the best keeps fans on the edge of their seats. That’s undoubtedly what Victor Wembanyama has done. He grabbed all the headlines ahead of the 2023 NBA draft due to his height and talent. Why is he such a big deal? Let’s look at Victor Wembanyama’s stats.
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Who Is Victor Wembanyama?
Victor Wembanyama was born on 4 January 2004 in Le Chesnay, France. He got the athletic genes from his parents. His father was a long jumper and his mother was a basketballer and coach.
He began his basketball career in France under the tutelage of his mother. He then joined Entente La Chesnay Versailles before playing for Nanterre 92. During his time here, he was loaned to Barcelona’s basketball team but declined an offer to build his career at the Catalan club.
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Victor Wembanyama’s Stats
In the 2019/20 season, Victor Wembanyama got his first professional experience playing for Nanterre but got limited games. He split his time between Centre Federal du Basket-Ball and the French U21 League. At the end of the season, he left Nanterre and signed a three-year contract with ASVEL Villeurbanne.
His time with ASVEL Villeurbanne was shaky, with injuries derailing him. However, when he got the chance to play, he demonstrated why he courted all the hype. He finished the season as the Pro A Best Young Player, winning the Pro A Championship, averaging 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He opted out of his contract.
For the 2023/23 season, he played in the top-tier basketball league in France Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A. He played a total of 34 games in the regular season. Wembanyahma averaged 21.6 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game and 3.1 blocks per game.
He walked away with a couple of accolades:
- All-Pro A First Team
- LNB Pro A Most Valuable Player Award
- Best Scorer, defender, blocker and young player
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Victor Wembanyama’s NBA Draft Pick
Victor Wemnanyama was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs as the number-one pick in the NBA 2023. The last time a player had this kind of hype was in 2003 when LeBron James was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, King James, as he’s referred to, described Wembanyama as an “alien” and “generational talent”.
On his part, Wembanyama said he felt lucky and couldn’t wait to start: “San Antonio is synonymous with winning. As a franchise, they have a culture and experience in winning and making and creating good players so, I really can’t wait.”
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Victor Wembanyama’s Height
The power forward stands at 7 foot 3.5 inches making him the second tallest NBA player in the coming 2023 season. Houston Rockets player Boban Marjanovic is the tallest player at 7 foot 4 inches. That said, Wembanyama doesn’t seem to be inhibited by his height. Contrary to what fans might expect, that he’ll just have his back on the basket waiting to throw the ball in, he’s all over the floor scoring and blocking from other players.
Will Victor Wembanyama live up to the expectation? To find out about that, you’ll need to keep up with the basketball when the new season begins.
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