Victor Wembanyama has already been considered by many to be the next face of the NBA and a transcendental talent of this generation. As many of us should be aware, the 7’4 19-year-old was selected with the first pick in the 2023 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs, a team with a rich history of building dynasties on the backs of prolific centers.
Although he is yet to play in an official NBA game, there has already been an incredible amount of hype and attention that has been given to him due to his unique height and skillset. Wemby was already playing professional basketball in France prior to being drafted into the NBA.
While we have no way of knowing whether he will exceed expectations or become a bust, all we can do is analyze the games he has played so far during the NBA Summer League. With that being said, let us take a better look at his performances so far.
How many games did Victor Wembanyama play in during the NBA Summer League?
To those who do not know much about the NBA Summer League, it is an event that is conducted during the NBA offseason and goes on for a week or two. All 30 teams play in around 4-5 games in order to give their rookies and young stars a feel for the game and a chance to prove themselves. It is also an opportunity for several G League and undrafted players to catch the eye of an NBA executive/scout and find a path to the league.
This year’s summer league was organized in Las Vegas and all eyes were on the top prospect of the 2023 NBA Draft Class. His first game against the Charlotte Hornets appeared to be a letdown. Wemby finished the night after scoring only 9 points on an inefficient 2 of 13 shooting night. He was also dunked on and viciously crossed over causing a lot of negativity to go his way.
The second game was much better. In the Spurs’ matchup against the Blazers, Wemby put on a show and finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds while shooting a much better 9 of 14 from the field. He also had multiple blocks in both games, which is likely going to be his greatest asset when he plays in the regular season.
His final numbers when adding up both games were 36 points, 20 rebounds, and 8 blocks while shooting 41% from the field. Although the NBA summer league isn’t the same as the official season games, this is an indicator of what Victor Wembanyama will be capable of doing for the Spurs.