Victor Wembanyama-Chet Holmgren matchup didn’t need fireworks to show the intrigue is just beginning

Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren seemed to have an understanding on the court throughout their anticipated debut matchup in the NBA. These two towering rookies are set to embark on a journey filled with star power, even if their first official game against each other barely lit up the night.

In a game that did not read like a future Hall of Famers’ duel, both rookies had lackluster stat lines. However, they were both aware of each other’s presence without having to be in each other’s air space.

Victor Wembanyama recorded seven points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, while Chet Holmgren posted 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists. It was not the explosive start that many had hoped for and predicted. But while they did not light up the night, they are likely to grow and mature together as the next generation of NBA stars.

Their first official duel was far from a mirror image of one another, but the crowd was full of excitement for this one-on-one matchup. Although the crowd was pumped, the stage of national TV and an in-season tournament game did not add any extra juice. The formidable talent of both franchises was evident amidst their focus on the game.

The Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, sees a unique potential in Holmgren, pointing out that Holmgren is not fragile or frail. The two rookies are vulnerable, yet strong. Assuming that they both understand that a sting cannot last for too long, especially when in the company of bigger, thicker types. The two will go on to battle under varying circumstances and different levels of attention, but neither will give an inch before, during, or after their dynamic duels.


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