Throughout the past 75 years of NBA history, basketball fans have been blessed to witness among the most breathtaking athletes to ever roam the planet. Whether that be Michael Jordan and LeBron James and their science-defying athleticism, or players equivalent to Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal. Each stood at 7’1 and 300 kilos and were as mobile and agile as they got here with brute force that made opponents sore going to bed that night.
We’ve also seen Magic Johnson change the purpose guard position as a 6’9 playmaker, or Stephen Curry transform the sport ceaselessly along with his otherworldly shooting exploits from beyond the arc. But no player within the NBA’s history has combined the scale, skill set, and freakish physical attributes of the 7’4, 210lb, “French Mamba,” Victor Wembanyama. He’s like a skyscraper looking down at you and is arguably the freakiest prospect ever by not only being 7-foot-4 but additionally boasting an insane 8-foot wingspan!
Victor Wembanyama is probably the most intriguing prospect ever.
Victor Wembanyama has been considered the perfect prospect on this planet since he was just 16 years old by former NBA Draft expert, turned Portland Trail Blazers general manager, Mike Schmitz. It’s not only the sheer size that has many NBA GMs, executives, and fans drooling on the considered how he’ll develop over his profession.
Yes, we’ve seen guys with crazy measurements throughout NBA history but they never put all of it together, ala Mohamed Bamba or Bol Bol. That said, Victor Wembanyama has been on NBA scouts’ and GMs’ radars for years now since he was about 15 years of age. When he was 16, a viral video of him playing two-on-two against fellow Frenchman Rudy Gobert in a friendly match displayed his unique repertoire of skills.
His hype continued to grow after an eye-opening performance in the summertime of 2021 on the U19 FIBA tournament, making the primary team of the tournament together with two future NBA top-five picks in Jaden Ivey and 7-foot-1 Chet Holmgren, who also has similar skillset to Wembanyama. That game was Wembanyama’s true breakout party, as he put up 22 points, 8 rebounds, and a whopping 8 blocks against a USA team that he was greater than two years younger than.
Wembanyama showed the complete package, from stepping out and knocking threes to swatting or altering shots to even doing a behind-the-back dribble in transition at 7’3 to complete on the rim! He was otherworldly in that game, but unfortunately, he and France lost to the USA in that gold medal game. Nevertheless, much more, Wembanyama only emphasized why Schmitz dubbed him the perfect prospect on this planet just nine months earlier, before this tournament.