Stay updated with the latest exploits of Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 pick making waves with the San Antonio Spurs. Each week, a new Wemby Watch is released spotlighting Wembanyama’s rookie season. Here’s a recap of the week:
On the road: The rookie phenom met NFL legend Tom Brady in New York before his Madison Square Garden debut. The seven-time Super Bowl champion was awestruck by the 7-foot-4 rookie’s height.
Work in progress: San Antonio Spurs’ brass expressed their need to “honor the opportunity” of selecting a generational player like Wembanyama in the NBA Draft Lottery. Coach Gregg Popovich emphasized the responsibility of coaching the rookie.
1-man highlight reel: Wembanyama delivered a 4-point play in his game against the Raptors, showcasing his talent on the court.
LNB Pro A vs. NBA: Wembanyama had his first back-to-back games in the NBA, experiencing some struggles, which Popovich attributed to other factors besides the back-to-back games.
1 stat to know: Wembanyama took the spotlight with a career-high five blocks in a single game, proving himself as a strong defensive player.
Rookie reflection: Wembanyama expressed his disdain for the nickname “unicorn” and emphasized his uniqueness in the league.
What he’s reading: The rookie enjoys immersing himself in fantasy novels, currently hooked on the “The Stormlight Archive” by Brandon Sanderson.
In the spotlight: Wembanyama exchanged jerseys with Rudy Gobert after their first NBA meeting, with Gobert serving as a mentor to the French rookie.
In the news: Wembanyama holds the top spot in colleague Steve Aschburner’s Kia Rookie Ladder.
The Wemby effect: Wembanyama’s presence in the NBA has garnered increased interest in the league, contributing to the significant viewership during the NBA Draft.
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