Victor Wembanyama: First NBA Player to Score 350 Points, 50 Assists, 25 Steals, 50 Blocks in Initial 20 Games

‣ Victor Wembanyama, a rookie forward for the San Antonio Spurs, is the first NBA player to record at least 350 points, 50 assists, 25 steals, and 50 blocks in his first 20 career games.
‣ At 19 years and 338 days old, Wembanyama became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 20-point, 20-rebound game, surpassing the previous record held by Dwight Howard.
‣ Despite his impressive individual performance, the San Antonio Spurs are struggling as a team, tying their franchise record with their 16th consecutive loss.

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Victor Wembanyama, a rookie forward for the San Antonio Spurs, has made NBA history. He’s the first player to rack up a minimum of 350 points, 50 assists, 25 steals, and 50 blocks in his first 20 career games.

He’s not alone in this impressive feat, though. NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton also registered 50-plus assists and 50-plus blocks in his first 20 career games. It’s just Wembanyama and Walton who’ve done this in the history of the league.

According to various NBA betting sites, Wembanyama is a strong contender for NBA Rookie of the Year. He’s currently holding the second-best odds, just below Chet Holmgren. Jaime Jaquez Jr. isn’t far behind, with sportsbooks still showing great odds for him.

Twitter was abuzz with the news. At 19 years, 338 days old, Wembanyama became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 20-PT, 20-REB game. The previous record was held by Dwight Howard, who was 19 years, 342 days old when he achieved this feat on 11/15/2005.

In a recent game against the Chicago Bulls, Wembanyama put up some impressive numbers. Despite San Antonio’s 121-112 loss, the 7-foot-4 wing scored 21 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and four blocks in 32 minutes of action.

This young Frenchman has now become the youngest player in NBA history to tally 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game. He’s passed the mark held by Dwight Howard in 2005 by just four days.

Wembanyama joined Howard as the only teens to post 20 points and 20 boards in an NBA game. He commented, “It really doesn’t have value in a loss, but it is definitely an achievement. I hope I can look back at it and look at it as a good performance someday.”

Moreover, the 19-year-old is the first rookie since Shaquille O’Neal with the Orlando Magic in 1993 to put up at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks in a single game.

In the first half of the game, Wembanyama had 10 points and 11 rebounds. This was his 10th double-double of the season and first in a first half. He also shot 8-of-20 (40%) from the field and 5-of-6 (83.3%) at the foul line. However, he missed all four 3-point attempts.

Despite Wembanyama’s impressive performance, the Spurs dropped their franchise-record-tying 16th consecutive game. San Antonio is now 3-18 this season, marking its worst start in franchise history through 21 games.

The Chicago Bulls outscored the struggling Western Conference club 34-29 in the fourth quarter. They also outscored the Spurs 54-44 in the paint and outrebounded them 56-44.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich commented, “Well, we’ve been here before. They competed their butts off. A lot of good things, but fourth quarter people up their defense and we have trouble scoring. So, we just didn’t keep up the scoring in that regard.”

If Victor Wembanyama stays healthy, he could win NBA Rookie of the Year by a unanimous vote.

James Shotwell
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