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Victor Wembanyama NBA Draft tracker: Scouting report, updates on the potential 2023 No. 1 pick

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The Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes are on. The 18-year-old French phenom — being touted as essentially the most impactful NBA draft prospect since LeBron James — is favored to be chosen with the No. 1 pick within the 2023 NBA Draft. The lucky team that snags the 7-foot-4 teen will probably be getting a possible global superstar who could change the franchise, each on and off the court. There may be lots at stake.

Here’s a take a look at the generational talent, capturing the conversation of the whole basketball world. Check back here for updates on his performances this season leading as much as the draft.

Backstory

Born in Le Chesnay, France, on Jan. 4, 2004, Wembanyama has drawn attention from NBA scouts, general managers and players for years as they’ve impatiently waited for his arrival within the NBA. He currently plays for Metropolitans 92 in LNB Pro A league. Wembanyama has been an expert basketball player since he was 15 years old and have become the second-youngest player after Stefan Petković (2007) to play within the EuroCup, doing so before he turned 16.

Current NBA stars have heaped praise on him already. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo complimented Wembanyama on his Bucks teammate Serge Ibaka’s YouTube show, “How Hungry Are You?”

“This kid goes to be an issue,” he said. “An enormous problem. I’ve never seen this before in my life. I saw him up close, he was on the identical team as my brother, Kostas. He’s taller than Rudy Gobert. He can block shots like Rudy, but shoot like KD. Bro, bro. Crazy, crazy. He has attitude. If he stays healthy, he’s going to be really good.”

The plaudits have also rained in from NBA superstars similar to James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.

LeBron James is asked if he watched Victor Webanyama play last night, and if that’s the case, if he could share his thoughts.

The reply:https://t.co/5zx0t9SJHP pic.twitter.com/TEsGkv4RQ0

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) October 6, 2022

“He’s just like the 2K Create-A-Player”

Steph’s scouting report on Victor Wembanyama 😂 pic.twitter.com/9MFexK5sFY

— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 6, 2022

“The league is de facto in trouble when he is available in… Everybody’s really excited for his arrival to the league so will see what happens.”

Kevin Durant on Victor Wembanyama 👀

(via @erikslater_) pic.twitter.com/u0oInDHN2n

— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) October 7, 2022

 

Sam Vecenie’s scouting report

We haven’t had a prospect like Wembanyama shortly, a 7-foot-4 potential superstar who can create his own shot off the bounce in transition, out of isolation, out of mid-post sets and as a dynamic pick-and-roll threat. He’s also an elite shot blocker who led EuroLeague in that category last 12 months as an 18-year-old — a ridiculous accomplishment. Barring some form of injury-concern-based query within the pre-draft process, he will probably be the No. 1 pick.

Wembanyama is the most effective prospect to enter the draft since James. He was utterly dominant in front of over 200 NBA front office personnel in Las Vegas earlier this month in a head-to-head showing with the No. 2 prospect here, Scoot Henderson. I broke down the primary of those games intimately, explaining what makes Wembanyama so special from a size and coordination perspective while intermixing elite-level skill. His upside is becoming the most effective player within the NBA, and it’s hard to say that about any draft prospect.

GO DEEPER

Wembanyama vs. Scoot, Game 1 Film Study

Vecenie’s latest mock draft has Wembanyama first overall.

Tracking his season

After his impressive debut within the U.S., Wembanyama is starring for Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in France this season. As of Nov. 16, the likely No. 1 pick is averaging 21.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and a couple of.7 assists per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the sector, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line. He also ranks within the league’s top six in scoring, rebounds, blocks and efficiency rating.

The Metropolitans most recently improved to 6-1 on the season with a 78-69 win over Limoges on Nov. 4 and Wembanyama’s entire skillset was on full display. He accounted for 33 of his team’s 78 points, grabbing 12 rebounds (season highs in each categories) with 4 assists and three blocks, while shooting an efficient 58.8 percent from the sector including three triples and a 10-of-12 mark from the charity stripe.

Highlights

Wembanyama brought the group to its feet when he made an incredible one-legged 3-pointer after a series of dribble moves.

This Victor Wembanyama bucket is TOUGH ‼️

Watch him live now on the NBA App:
📲 https://t.co/0fEZTG2apq pic.twitter.com/gLUZDCSXSV

— NBA (@NBA) November 4, 2022

Victor Wembanyama notched his first @FIBAWC qualifying bucket for @FRABasketball today! #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/xZArodw1uK

— NBA (@NBA) November 11, 2022

On aimerait reparler de cette motion de Wemby 🥵#TeamFranceBasket x @vicw_32 | #PassionnémentBleu | #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/TYmzeRXYtM

— Équipes de France de Basket (@FRABasketball) November 15, 2022

When are you able to watch Wembanyama?

Listed here are Wembanyama’s next 4 games for Metropolitans 92:

  • Nov. 20 — Nanterre at Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92, 1 p.m. ET
  • Nov. 26 — Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 at Nancy, 2 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 2 —  Fos-sur-Mer at Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92, 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Dec 6 — Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 at Roanne, 2 p.m. ET

Wembanyama may play within the 2023 FIBA World Cup that may run from Aug. 25-Sept. 10. The standout has averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two FIBA World Cup qualifying games. After going 2-0 in group play, France qualified for the World Cup with their 92-56 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Nov. 14.

Wemby watchers

Let the games begin. Over the course of the season, we’re more likely to see unique moves, trends and decisions being made to present their team the most effective possibility to secure the No .1 overall pick.

  • Houston Rockets: They’re the second youngest team within the NBA (23.58), and their flaws are obvious to see. They rank in the underside half of the league in turnovers per game, opponent points per game, defensive efficiency and offensive efficiency, simply to name a number of. Also, 2022 No. 3 pick Jabari Smith hasn’t looked as much as par to begin the season.Because it stands currently, the Rockets have three pieces in Jalen Green, Alperen Şengün and Kevin Porter Jr. to construct around in the event that they select. If Houston may also draft Wembanyama, he could immediately join a frontcourt with Şengün, who’s already one among the more gifted offensive young big men within the league. The Rockets would also enter the 2023 offseason with a ton of cap space. With Wembanyama, Houston could jump to the highest of the road as a desirable destination at no cost agents.
  • San Antonio Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovich alluded to it prior to this season, but San Antonio isn’t winning a title this season. The Spurs have a history of well-timed lottery luck. Just take a look at 1987, once they won the lottery to nab David Robinson, and the 1997 lottery to select Tim Duncan. Those Hall of Famers arrange 20 years of success and five NBA titles. Being lucky enough to draft a talent like Wembanyama may very well be history repeating itself. He’d give San Antonio its centerpiece player on a roster that already has young talent like Keldon JohnsonJeremy Sochan, and Devin Vassell.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Put Wembanyama in an Oklahoma City jersey with 7-foot-1 rookie Chet Holmgren, who’s sidelined this season with a foot injury, and just imagine the chances. The Thunder could put out an immensely long, talented lineup with size at every position and players who can all shoot, dribble and create, together with two monstrous rim protectors. It could be a capstone to Sam Presti’s project and further create outcry about tanking.
  • Detroit Pistons: Although Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey are quite a lot of fun to observe, their team just isn’t. The Pistons began the season 3-13, good for the worst record within the Eastern Conference through 16 games.
  • Orlando Magic: The one thing value cheering for at once in Orlando is potential Rookie of the Yr Paolo Banchero and the event of Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs. Of their loss on Nov. 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Magic had a lead of 15 points with 7:26 left in the sport. The remainder of the best way the Magic scored a grand total of 4 points and didn’t make a single field goal in that span. Buckle up Magic fans, the worst is yet to return.

More from The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov on Wembanyama landing spots here.

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(Photo:  Lucas Peltier / USA Today)

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