All eyes will be set on San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama from day one of the upcoming NBA season.
Wembanyama is the most hyped player in NBA Draft history since LeBron James, which has obviously led to some obnoxious comparisons between two players who didn’t even play the same position.
With that in mind, former NBA player Brendan Haywood shared his thoughts on Wembanyama and how he compares to LeBron as he enters the league.
In the latest edition of Gilbert Arenas’ No Chill podcast, Haywood dissected every single one of Wembanyama’s traits and skills, citing that he’ll obviously learn to use each and every single one of them to his advantage and be a very good player.
Nonetheless, he also thinks he needs to bulk up a little and add some more weight, predicting that Gregg Popovich and the Spurs will eventually start putting some pieces around him to help him succeed.
That means Hayward believes Wembanyama won’t start being an actual star or dominant player until his second or third year in the league, and he even warned the fans not to get that hyped with him, as he — like all rookies — may need some time.
Haywood believes that’s the biggest difference between him and LeBron, as James was ready from the jump and dominated from the very second he set foot in the league, mostly because he already had the strength and athleticism it took to play in the NBA.
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