The NBA season is about to start but people are already thinking of the one that comes after that.
This is what happens when the league is just months away from the best basketball prospect in years.
Yes, Victor Wembanyama is quite literally changing the game.
He will definitely be the number one draft pick next summer and could alter the entire league for years.
Scott Van Pelt: "How many teams do you think will actively not be trying super hard?"
Brian Windhorst: "That list is going to expand, because while they have known about Victor Wembanyama for years, they didn't even think he was this good." pic.twitter.com/LJxibAoT8K
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But to acquire him, a team needs to secure that number one selection in the 2023 Draft.
And the best way to do that is to be a bad team in 2022.
This has led many to believe that several teams throughout the league will be tanking and tanking hard in the new season in hopes of getting the best pick in the draft and, therefore, signing Wembanyama.
ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt sat down with NBA insider Brian Windhorst and just came out and asked, “How many teams do you think will actively not be trying super hard?”
Windhorst’s response: “That list is going to expand, because while they have known about Victor Wembanyama for years, they didn’t even think he was this good.”
The race for Wembanyama is on so basketball fans need to be prepared for the fight ahead.
Race To The Bottom
Right now there are two teams in the league that most people agree will be tanking in 2022-23: the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz.
Their offseason moves have shown that they are throwing in the towel for the year ahead, giving them a chance to nab Wembanyama.
But there could be other teams joining in on the fun as the months go on.
Will the Oklahoma City Thunder crash and burn purposefully?
Maybe the Detroit Pistons will try, or even the Portland Trail Blazers.
There could be a few teams trying to be the best at being the worst.