The San Antonio Spurs struck gold during this NBA offseason, with the storied franchise getting the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and, as a result, bringing in French phenom Victor Wembanyama.
Wembanyama is arguably the most hyped player coming into the league since the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted LeBron James straight out of high school in 2003.
That said, Wembanyama will be under tremendous pressure to prove his worth in his first season with the Spurs, as fans and the media will want to see what all the hype is about regarding the incoming international superstar.
Although no one seems to doubt Wembanyama’s talent as he has already played professionally overseas with a lot of highlights to draw from, the rookie living up to these expectations will be tough, to say the least.
Former NBA head coach Sam Mitchell recently talked about the rookie and how he believes the 19-year-old will impact the league in his first season, via NBA TV.
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Mitchell went as far as to say that Wembanyama will change the way teams will play defensively, as he will provide problems that the league has never seen before, being as tall and as skilled as he is.
The real question moving forward is whether he can stay healthy, as a lot of players at his size do struggle to stay healthy while playing in the league, and he’ll be doing a lot more on the floor than anyone at his height ever has in the NBA.NEXT: Analyst Says 1 Team Should Be Truly Invested In The NBA In-Season Tournament