Stay updated on the San Antonio Spurs' No. 1 pick, Victor Wembanyama, during his rookie season with our weekly Wemby Watch. Every Sunday, we'll provide insights into his performance and highlight key moments from his games. Here's what we observed this week:
Rookie showdown: The anticipated matchup between Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren didn't disappoint, even though they played different positions. Wembanyama, playing as a power forward, and Holmgren, manning the center spot, showcased their skills in a game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although neither rookie stole the show, their potential as budding stars was evident.
1-man highlight reel: Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox praised Wembanyama after their game, acknowledging his exceptional talent. Wembanyama's strong performance in the first half, where he scored 16 of his 27 points, impressed Fox and demonstrated the rookie's dominance on the court.
One stat to know: Wembanyama's streak of 11 consecutive games with a block to start his career is the second-longest in Spurs' history. Only Hall of Famer Tim Duncan had a longer streak, with blocks in 15 straight games during his rookie season.
Strengthening a 7-foot frame: Reporters often have to wait for Wembanyama after games due to his extensive postgame stretching and weightlifting routine. The rookie's commitment to weightlifting, which he started in France, helps him recover and stay prepared for the demanding NBA schedule.
On the road: Portland Trail Blazers guard Shaedon Sharpe, known for his high-flying dunks, expressed surprise upon learning that Wembanyama stands at a staggering 7-foot-4. Sharpe will have time to prepare for their matchup in December, where he might attempt to dunk over the towering rookie.
Circle on Calendar: Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 26, when the Spurs face the Denver Nuggets. Wembanyama will have the opportunity to go up against two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and the defending champion Nuggets, providing an exciting test for the No. 1 pick.
His teammates: Wembanyama shared that Jeremy Sochan, a Polish-American player, was one of the first Spurs players to welcome him to the team. The two bond over their shared love for soccer, although Wembanyama playfully expressed disappointment that Sochan supports Arsenal, while he is a fan of Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
Work in progress: The Spurs experienced a tough week, with three consecutive losses and an eight-game losing streak. Despite the setbacks, Wembanyama remains optimistic, emphasizing that the team is continuously progressing and not giving up.
Although the rookie faced challenges with his lowest scoring performance and receiving his first technical foul, he also achieved a career-high in blocks. His determination and the team's resilience provide hope for better results in the future.
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