Victor Wembanyama NBA draft follow-up: scouting report, updates on potential No. 1 pick of 2023
The Victor Wembanyama competition is launched. The 18-year-old French phenom – billed as the most impactful NBA draft prospect since LeBron James – is favored to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. 7-foot-4 teenager will receive a potential global superstar who could change the franchise, both on and off the field. There is a lot at stake.
Here’s a look at generational talent, capturing the conversation from across the basketball world. Check back here for updates on his performance this season ahead of the draft.
Born in Le Chesnay, France on January 4, 2004, Wembanyama captured the attention of NBA scouts, general managers and players for years as they eagerly awaited his arrival in the NBA. He currently plays for Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A league. Wembanyama has been a professional basketball player since the age of 15 and became the second youngest player after Stefan Petković (2007) to play in the EuroCup, doing so before his 16 years old.
Current NBA stars have already praised him. Double MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo complimented Wembanyama on Bucks teammate Serge Ibaka’s YouTube show, “How Hungry Are You?”
“This kid is going to be a problem,” he said. “Big deal. I’ve never seen that in my life. I’ve seen him up close, he was in the same team as my brother Kostas. He’s taller than Rudy Gobert. He can block shots like Rudy , but shoot like KD. Brother, brother. Crazy crazy. He’s got a good attitude. If he stays healthy, he’s gonna be really good.
The applause also rained down from NBA superstars such as James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.
LeBron James is asked if he watched Victor Webanyama play last night, and if so, if he could share his thoughts.
The answer: https://t.co/5zx0t9SJHP pic.twitter.com/TEsGkv4RQ0
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 6, 2022
“He’s like the 2K Create-A-Player”
Steph’s scouting report on Victor Wembanyama 😂 pic.twitter.com/9MFexK5sFY
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 6, 2022
“The league is really in trouble when he arrives… Everyone is really excited for his arrival in the league, so we’ll see what happens.”
Kevin Durant on Victor Wembanyama 👀
—ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 7, 2022
Scouting report by Sam Vecenie
We haven’t had a prospect like Wembanyama in a while, a potential 7-foot-4 superstar who can create his own post-rebound shot in transition, out of isolation, out of mid-post sets and as a that dynamic pick-and-roll threat. He is also a sniper blocker who led the EuroLeague in this category last year at the age of 18 – a ridiculous achievement. Barring some sort of injury-based question in the pre-draft process, he’ll be the No. 1 pick.
Wembanyama is the best prospect to enter the draft since James. He was utterly dominant in front of more than 200 NBA front office staff in Las Vegas earlier this month in a one-on-one with the No. 2 prospect here, Scoot Henderson. I’ve broken down the first of these games in detail, explaining what makes Wembanyama so special in terms of size and coordination while mixing in elite-level skills. His upside is becoming the best player in the NBA, and it’s hard to say that about any draft prospect.
Wembanyama vs. Scoot, Game 1 Film Study
Vecenie’s latest simulation project puts Wembanyama first overall.
Follow your season
After his impressive debut in the United States, Wembanyama is playing for Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in France this season. As of Nov. 16, the likely No. 1 pick was averaging 21.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 2.7 assists per game on 50.4% shooting from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range and 75% from the free-throw line. He also ranks in the top six in the league in scoring, rebounds, blocks and efficiency rating.
The Metropolitans recently improved to 6-1 this season with a 78-69 victory over Limoges on November 4 and all of Wembanyama’s skills were on full display. He scored 33 of his team’s 78 points, grabbing 12 rebounds (season-highs in both categories) with four assists and three blocks, while putting in a 58.8% effective performance from the field, including three triples and a rating of 10 out of 12 from the charity. Bandaged.
Wembanyama got the crowd going when he made an incredible one-legged 3-pointer after a series of dribbling moves.
This Victor Wembanyama bucket is ROBUST ‼️
Watch it live now on the NBA app:
📲 https://t.co/0fEZTG2apq pic.twitter.com/gLUZDCSXSV
—NBA (@NBA) November 4, 2022
—NBA (@NBA) November 11, 2022
– French basketball teams (@FRABasketball) November 15, 2022
When can you watch Wembanyama?
Here are Wembanyama’s next four games for Metropolitans 92:
- November 20 – Nanterre at Boulogne-Levallois Métropole 92, 1 p.m. ET
- November 26 – Boulogne-Levallois Metropolises 92 in Nancy, 2 p.m. ET
- December 2 – Fos-sur-Mer at Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92, 2:30 p.m. ET
- December 6 — Boulogne-Levallois Métropoles 92 in Roanne, 2 p.m. ET
Wembanyama could take part in the FIBA World Cup 2023 which will take place from August 25 to September 25. 10. The standout averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two FIBA World Cup qualifying games. After leading 2-0 in the group, France qualified for the World Cup with their 92-56 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 14 November.
Let the games begin. Over the course of the season, we’ll likely see unique moves, trends, and decisions made to give their team the best chance to secure the first overall pick.
- Houston Rockets: They are the second youngest team in the NBA (23.58), and their flaws are obvious. They rank in the bottom half of the league in turnovers per game, opposing points per game, defensive efficiency and offensive efficiency, to name a few. Additionally, 2022 No. 3 pick Jabari Smith hasn’t looked up to the task to start the season. As it stands, the Rockets have three pieces in Jalen Green, Alperen Şengün and Kevin Porter Jr. to build if they choose. If Houston can also draft Wembanyama, he could immediately join a frontcourt with Şengün, who is already one of the most gifted young offensive big players in the league. The Rockets would also enter the 2023 offseason with a ton of cap space. With Wembanyama, Houston could jump to the top of the list as a top destination for free agents.
- San Antonio Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovitch alluded to before this season, but San Antonio is not winning a title this season. Spurs have a history of well-timed lottery luck. Just look at 1987, when they won the lottery to catch David Robinson, and the 1997 lottery to pick Tim Duncan. These Hall of Famers have put together two decades of success and five NBA titles. Getting the chance to sign a talent like Wembanyama could be history repeating itself. He would give San Antonio its center player on a roster that already has young talent like Keldon Johnson, Jeremy Sochan and Devin Vassell.
- Oklahoma City Thunder: Put Wembanyama in an Oklahoma City jersey with 7-foot-1 rookie Chet Holmgren, who is sidelined this season with a foot injury, and just imagine the possibilities. The Thunder could boast an extremely long and talented lineup with size at every position and players who can all shoot, dribble and create, plus two monstrous rim protectors. This would be a cornerstone of Sam Presti’s project and create further outcry over tanking.
- Detroit Pistons: While Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey are great fun to watch, their team isn’t. The Pistons started the season 3-13, good for the Eastern Conference’s worst record in 16 games.
- Orlando Magic: The only thing worth cheering for in Orlando right now is potential rookie of the year Paolo Banchero and the development of Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs. In their Nov. 1 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Magic had a 15-point lead with 7:26 left in the game. The rest of the way, the Magic scored a grand total of four points and had no field goals in that span. Fasten your seatbelts, Magic fans, the worst is yet to come.
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