‣ Victor Wembanyama, the French rookie, delivered his first-career triple-double in his 32nd official NBA game, helping San Antonio to a 130-108 victory over the Pistons.
‣ Wembanyama is the second-fastest player to achieve a triple-double in the shot clock era, with the fastest being Russell Westbrook in 2014.
‣ At 20 years old, Wembanyama is the youngest Spurs athlete to get a triple-double and the fourth rookie in league history to record a triple-double without a turnover.
Victor Wembanyama (20yr, 6d) becomes the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double with 0 turnovers (since turnovers were first tracked in 1977-78), previous: Andre Iguodala (21yr, 54d) 03/23/2005
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Victor Wembanyama, the towering rookie, made his mark in the NBA this past Wednesday. After just 32 official games, he delivered his first-career triple-double, making him the tallest playmaker in the league.
In the San Antonio 130-108 victory over the Pistons, Wembanyama logged 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. This feat was accomplished in only 21:02 playtime, making him the second-fastest player to ever achieve a triple-double in the shot clock era. The only player to beat him to it? Russell Westbrook, back in 2014 for Oklahoma City.
Despite being the current No. 1 Draft pick, Wembanyama was more thrilled about securing the win for the Spurs. This was his first-ever triple-double, something he’d never achieved back in France.
According to a tweet from the NBA, Wembanyama (20 years and 6 days old) is now the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with zero turnovers. The previous record-holder was Andre Iguodala, who was 21 years and 54 days old when he achieved this feat in 2005.
“Doing it in a win is everything,” Wembanyama shared postgame. He was surprised to learn that his triple-double was the second fastest in NBA history. He emphasized that making such a statement was important for him and his team.
The 20-year-old also became only the second San Antonio rookie to produce these stats in franchise history. The first was David Robinson, who delivered three in his first campaign with the club. However, Wembanyama did outdo Robinson in one respect: he’s now the youngest Spurs athlete to get a triple-double, beating out the previous record-holder, Tre Jones.
Wembanyama’s record-breaking didn’t stop there. He also became the fourth rookie in league history to record a triple-double without a turnover, joining the ranks of Andre Igoudala, Ben Simmons, and Robinson. “We’re asking him to do a lot, and he’s ready for it,” claimed teammate guard Devin Vassell.
Interestingly, Wembanyama recorded his first-career triple-double against the team that almost landed him in the NBA Draft. Detroit had the league’s worst record last season, but weren’t able to get the first pick of the draft lottery. As a result, the French sensation ended up in San Antonio. “It’s weird to imagine a different future and what it could have been,” the player said.
The Spurs entered the match with the second-worst record in the NBA, only in front of the Pistons, plus a five-match losing streak. “It’s just starting to click a little more,” Jones said. The Michigan franchise has now lost six contests in a row. “The focus and discipline wasn’t there,” coach Monty Williams explained.
The game was a fight until the Texan club took control at the end of the first quarter, leading 31-19. After that, it was smooth sailing for Wembanyama’s squad. “It’s a lack of energy and effort,” said Pistons big man Jalen Duren, who scored 21 points and won 12 rebounds. “We’re the type of team where we need energy the whole game.”