Victor Wembanyama becomes 1-man highlight reel in 2nd preseason game

Orlando Robinson, the player guarding Victor Wembanyama in this photo, is 6-foot-10. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Preseason or not, stopping Victor Wembanyama in the NBA remains a mystery.

To refresh your memory, the San Antonio Spurs’ No. 1 overall pick stands at 7-foot-4 with an incredible wingspan of 8 feet, and his ball-handling skills are enviable even to guards. This week, he made his NBA preseason debut, showcasing his talent in a game against Chet Holmgren, another remarkably tall player.

Wembanyama continued his preseason journey by facing the Miami Heat, the defending Eastern Conference champions, on Friday. Despite the Heat resting their starters, Wembanyama’s individual performance alone justified the price of admission.

The rookie sensation recorded an impressive stat line of 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, along with four rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. However, these numbers fail to capture the mind-boggling plays that Wembanyama consistently delivered throughout the game.

Let’s take a look at the top five highlights Wembanyama produced in the Spurs’ 120-104 victory, played in just 23 minutes.

The Unreal Highlights of Victor Wembanyama

Here’s a play that, by Wembanyama’s standards so far, may seem relatively ordinary: a 2-on-1 fast break ending with a contested dunk after an impressive Euro-step from beyond the 3-point line.

On the defensive end, Wembanyama showcases his agility by leaping across the paint to block Haywood Highsmith’s short jumper, leaving Highsmith surprised as he thought he had evaded the Frenchman.

Dunking becomes effortless when you possess a standing reach of nearly 10 feet. Moreover, for Wembanyama, executing a crossover, step-back, fadeaway jumper from the elbow seems almost too easy.

We pose a serious question: how can any defender hope to stop him?

And then we have this jaw-dropping moment. Wembanyama initiates a give-and-go with Tre Jones, then sprints from the 3-point line, leaps into the air, and slams an alley-oop from an unimaginable distance.

An additional dunk for your amazement. Picture Wembanyama ascending vertically from outside the restricted area, utilizing his extraordinary length to execute a left-handed dunk.

These extraordinary displays of skill are about to become the norm for Wembanyama. The NBA has never witnessed a player with his unique combination of size and talent, making the Spurs a must-watch team for the foreseeable future.


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