Spurs’ Victor Wembanyama Trending Toward History

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Jan 24, 2024; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama (1) warms up before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Frost Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023-24 NBA season has not been a good one for the San Antonio Spurs. They have struggled mightily to string together wins, sitting at 8-36 on the season. They are in last place in the Western Conference and are one of only three teams, along with the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards, who have failed to win at least 10 games thus far.

But, the Spurs can at least rest a little easier knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The future of the franchise is bright and in good hands with Victor Wembanyama being part of the fold.

The No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft came into the league with immense expectations. Many analysts thought he was the most hyped prospect since LeBron James and would instantly turn around whichever franchise was lucky enough to win the NBA Draft Lottery.

The Spurs were the lucky team and now have what looks to be another generational talent to build around. Currently in the worst stretch of franchise history, on pace to miss the postseason for a record fifth straight season, San Antonio remains optimistic with Wembanyama in the mix.

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And, the optimism is warranted. Wembanyama has lived up to expectations to this point. He is averaging 20.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.2 blocks in only 28.5 minutes per game.

His block numbers are currently leading the NBA and he is on pace to break some records as well. According to StatMuse, Wembanyama could become the first player to ever reach the numbers he is averaging while playing less than 30 minutes per game.

Don’t expect Wembanyama’s playing time to increase much as the season wears on, either. He is on a pretty strict minutes limit and if anything the Spurs will start scaling things back, not ramping them up.

The NBA season is a marathon and longer than any season Wembanyama has experienced to this point. Keeping him fresh and healthy while continuing to adjust to life in the league is the Spurs’ No. 1 goal for this season and in the future.

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