With the midway point of the 2022–23 season rapidly approaching, a couple of teams may already be turning their focus to the subsequent NBA draft where Victor Wembanyama—widely considered a possible generational talent—awaits. To raised their possibilities of landing the 18-year-old seven-footer, some franchises may look to start tanking sooner fairly than later.
Nevertheless, those clubs may risk irking the identical player they hope to land by tanking, because the French superstar expressed some confusion in regards to the strategy of losing on purpose to secure a greater draft pick.
“Tanking? It’s a weird strategy,” Wembanyama said in French in a recent interview with French newspaper Le Parisien. “I find it unreasonable, and I try to not give it some thought. I also heard that the NBA considered changing a couple of rules for me, but that doesn’t concern me.”
Wembanyama could also be skeptical of tanking, but his raw talent definitely makes it appear to be a viable move for the NBA teams currently floating at the underside of the league. While standing at 7-foot-3, the French League star is an adept ball-handler and shooter, giving him a novel ability to attain from all three levels with ease. On defense, the teenager has the makings of an elite rim-protector with an almost eight-foot wingspan.
Currently a member of Paris-based team Metropolitans 92, Wembanyama leads the French league with averages of twenty-two.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and three.0 blocks per game. He also stuffed the stat sheet on the French league’s All-Star game on Thursday night, racking up 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists within the showcase.
The 2023 NBA draft remains to be months away, but for a couple of teams, the race to land the No. 1 pick may begin within the near future. Heading into the Recent Yr, the Pistons (9–28), Hornets (10–26), Rockets (10–25) and Spurs (12–23) boast the worst records within the league, thus giving them one of the best odds to earn the highest pick and maybe, a generational player from France.