Victor Wembanyama, there are no words: “I don’t think there is a possible comparison,” says Rudy Gobert

Another achievement for Victor Wembanyama. On Thursday night he managed to pass Rudy Gobert (2.16 meters) for a man of normal height or almost. The French prodigy posed alongside his compatriot, three-time NBA Defenseman of the Year (2018, 2019, 2021), in Las Vegas for a new XXL performance. Making his second appearance in the G League Ignite with his Metropolitans 92 formation, the 18-year-old giant sometimes gave the feeling of being in front of children. This time with a win in the end (112-106). “Wemby” made an impression before returning to France.

36 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 assists. Here is his stat line. The worst ? It’s far from the most impressive aspect of his demonstration. Their dominance is less evident in numbers than in the impression of lightness. As he fades away with his estimated eight foot wingspan, he seems irresistible. So when he’s scoring goals from long range, like this Thursday, Steph Curry style, the fantasy of the absolute “basketballist” weapon he can become takes over under the amazed eyes of an NBA where the tanks in this Season risking a swarm, almost shape.


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It feels like a race to the bottom started last night (of rank) like we never knew‘ the general manager of an NBA franchise said on Wednesday ESPN, according to the famous insider Adrian Wojnarowski, after the first round of the duel between interested parties. The second act didn’t change the game, even reinforced this climate of searching for a generational talent.

Rudy Gobert (2.16m), left, doesn’t look great next to Victor Wembanyama – 06/10/2022

Photo credit: Getty Images

“We knew he would be unique”

The number 1 spot for the next draft thus seems to be promised to Wembanyama, barring an injury. And it’s not for lack of competition, as ‘projected’ No. 2 Scoot Henderson looked good in Tuesday’s G League Ignite success. Then he was limited to five minutes this Thursday after suffering knee-to-knee shock at his imposing French opponent. Any brilliant player he aspires to become doesn’t arouse the same curiosity as the three-toned interior. It’s a phenomenon, as Gobert testifies: “I’ve known him since he was 13, we knew he would be one of a kind.”

He’s very mature, he knows where he wants to gocontinues the linchpin of the Timberwolves. I don’t think there is a possible comparison.“A maturity that Wembanyama exemplifies in front of the mics as he engages in a dangerous exercise: answering praise.”It’s an honor to have great players talking about me like thatFirst of all, the one whom LeBron James called “extraterrestrial” is happy. But it doesn’t change anything. I thought it was cool, but I need to focus on my goals. I haven’t accomplished anything, haven’t played an NBA game, haven’t been drafted“.

“I don’t know how it could have been better”

A controlled communication like his spade to Scoot Henderson had been before their double confrontation. “If I had never been born, I think he would have deserved first place (of the next NBA draft)” had thus advanced a Victor Wembanyama who was already flaunting the beginnings of the teasing compliment. Such an outing had to be followed by action. Mission accomplished, with these symphonies at 37, then 36 points, embellished “Highlights” including an alley-oop that had his head almost touching the hoop at a service by Hugo Besson. To mere mortals it would be an unforgettable act. It’s one of many that sets the benchmark for their insane range.

This experience was unique, great. I don’t know how it could have been better‘ the young man sums up. The next step for him is a daily return to the French championship, where he completes his range this season in a smaller engine than ASVEL, with whom he played in the EuroLeague last year. The Metropolitans offer him the opportunity to become an important player, to discover new tasks. We can bet some NBA franchises are considering offering him such a role long-term. That will take until next June and the operations involved have gained momentum this week.

LeBron James gazes in admiration at Victor Wembanyama, favorite for the #1 “spot” of the 2023 NBA draft

Source: Eurosport


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