Overreaction #2: Victor Wembanyama for All-NBA?
Headed into the season, it would be understandable to think San Antonio Spurs big man Victor Wembanyama was the best basketball player of all-time, despite never touching the NBA’s hardwood. Not a ton has changed since then.
Granted, Wembanyama has met much of the hype with a grin on his face. The Frenchman has made a regular habit of appearing on highlights for both offensive and defensive exploits and has quickly become the focal point of Gregg Popovich’s team thanks to his ridiculous skills and length.
That being said, calls for him to make an All-NBA team or get down-ballot votes for MVP are extremely premature. Wembanyama’s numbers are impressive – 19.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game through the Election Day break – but they aren’t necessarily consistent. Additionally, his three-point shooting hasn’t developed yet, making less than a third of his deep attempts.
In a game at Phoenix on Nov. 2, Wembanyama went supernova, scoring 38 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Four days later, he struggled with his shot, grabbing 10 rebounds again, but accompanying it with only 13 points.
Other All-NBA caliber big men like Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Anthony Davis are still leagues above Wembanyama, despite how impressive he’s been this season. It doesn’t seem like it will be long before Wembanyama is one of the NBA’s best players, but that’s not the case yet.
Wembanyama may not even run away with Rookie of the Year honors, as Chet Holmgren is keeping pace in Oklahoma City.