‣ Victor Wembanyama had an impressive performance, scoring 38 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers in a game against Phoenix.
‣ Wembanyama’s performance broke multiple records and milestones, including being the third teenager to score at least 38 points in a game and tying for the third-most points ever scored by a Spurs rookie.
‣ San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal both praised Wembanyama’s talent and potential for success in the NBA.
VICTOR WEMBANYAMA IS OFFICIALLY HERE 😤
38 PTS (career-high)
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Victor Wembanyama put on an incredible show during the Spurs’ recent game against the Phoenix Suns, solidifying his place as a rising star in the NBA. The 19-year-old rookie scored a career-high 38 points, along with 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers, leading his team to a 132-121 victory. This outstanding performance not only established Wembanyama as the third teenager in history to score at least 38 points in a game, but it also secured his spot tied for the third-most points ever scored by a Spurs rookie.
After the game, Wembanyama expressed his determination to continue pushing himself to new heights. He said, “It just makes me want to go even higher to beat all these records.” His impressive start to his NBA career has undoubtedly set the stage for even greater accomplishments in the future.
San Antonio head coach, Gregg Popovich, commended Wembanyama for his versatility and confidence on the court. He stated, “He’s a multifaceted player, and he’ll pass it to the open guy. But he’s got confidence in himself, and he made some plays that were unbelievable. That combination is pretty good if you have that skill and you’re still willing to pass.” Popovich’s guidance and coaching will undeniably be instrumental in Wembanyama’s continued success.
NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley also weighed in on Wembanyama’s potential. While acknowledging his talent, both emphasized the importance of patience in his development. Barkley commented, “The notion that a guy who is 18 or 19 is going to dominate the NBA right away is not going to happen; the players are too good.” O’Neal echoed this sentiment and highlighted the challenging transition Wembanyama faces coming from the French league to the NBA.
Even rival player Devin Booker acknowledged Wembanyama’s greatness, admitting he had never seen anything like him. Booker praised the 19-year-old’s remarkable talent and expressed his awe at trying to figure him out.
Before the game, Shaquille O’Neal downplayed the hype around Wembanyama, comparing him to Phoenix’s Bol Bol. However, Wembanyama’s dominant performance not only silenced doubters but also earned him a place alongside Shaq himself as the first player to achieve 100 points and 10 blocks in his first five NBA games since the Hall of Famer achieved this milestone in 1992. This accomplishment further solidifies Wembanyama’s status as a rising star and a force to be reckoned with in the NBA.