Victor Wembanyama of Spurs to Join 2024 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge

San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama plans to participate in the Skills Challenge during the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.
‣ Wembanyama, who is performing well in his rookie season, also holds the second-best odds to win NBA Rookie of the Year, according to multiple NBA betting sites.
‣ Besides the Skills Challenge, Wembanyama is also expected to participate in the 2024 Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 16.

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Victor Wembanyama, the rookie from San Antonio Spurs, is making waves. He’s got plans, big ones. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Victor is set to participate in the Skills Challenge during the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.

The Skills Challenge? Yeah, it’s a big deal. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17 inside Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. ET. The event is divided into three rounds — relay, passing, and shooting — with three teams, each having three players.

Remember last year? Jordan Clarkson, Walker Kessler, and Collin Sexton took home the trophy for Team Jazz. Now, our very own Wembanyama is stepping up to the plate.

Betting sites are buzzing. Wembanyama is a hot favorite, holding the second-best odds below Chet Holmgren to win NBA Rookie of the Year. Jaime Jaquez Jr. is still in the running, with sportsbooks showing great odds for him.

But that’s not all. All-Star Saturday Night also includes the Starry 3-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest. The 73rd NBA All-Star Game is slated for Sunday, Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Rick Fuson, CEO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, spoke about the event last June. He emphasized the community focus of the NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis, expressing gratitude to the NBA and the Capital Improvement Board for their collaboration.

Wembanyama is not just about plans, though. He’s been delivering on the court. With 33 starts in his rookie season, he’s averaging 19.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and an NBA-leading 3.1 blocks. He’s on the court for 28.6 minutes per game and shooting 45.2% from the floor, 29.4% from 3-point range, and 80.4% at the foul line.

This rookie is making records too. He’s the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s draft and now ranks 15th in total rebounds (337) this season, 11th in defensive rebounds (266), and second in blocks (103). He’s also eighth in defensive rating (108.9) and 12th in usage percentage (30.7%).

Remember San Antonio’s 130-108 win over the Detroit Pistons last Wednesday night? Wembanyama became the youngest Spurs player to record a triple-double. At just 20 years and six days old, he recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds, and a season-high 10 assists in 21:02.

Russell Westbrook played 20:17 and logged a triple-double with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2014 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Wembanyama finished 6-of-16 (37.5%) shooting from the floor, 0-of-4 beyond the arc, and 4-of-5 (80%) at the line against Detroit.

Before Wembanyama, the record was held by Tre Jones. He set the previous Spurs record last season at 23 years and 84 days old. In a 142-134 victory against the Sacramento Kings on April 2, 2023, Jones notched 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in 33 minutes of action.

Wembanyama is the second Spurs rookie to notch a triple-double in franchise history, joining Robinson (three times). He’s also expected to participate in the 2024 Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 16.

James Shotwell
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