- Full Name: Victor Wembanyama
- Pronunciation: \wem-ben-YAH-muh\
- Twitter: vicw_32
- Instagram: wemby
- Position: Power Forward
- Shoots: Right
- Height: 7 feet 4 inches (224 cm)
- Weight: 209 pounds (94 kg)
- Date of Birth: January 4, 2004 (Currently 19 years old)
- Place of Birth: Le Chesnay, France
- NBA Draft: Selected in the 1st round as the 1st overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2023 NBA Draft
- Experience: Rookie
- Current Team: San Antonio Spurs (#1, Power Forward/Center)
- Parents: Félix Wembanyama
- NBA Draft Year: 2023 (Round: 1 / Pick: 1)
- Year Joined Current Team: 2023 (San Antonio Spurs)
- Weight: 95 kg
Victor Wembanyama Stats
- 2019-20 (Nanterre U21, FRA-U21)
- PPG: 10.2 | RPG: 4.8 | APG: 0.8 | GP: 13 | W-L: 9-4 | Min: 19.9 | FG%: 52.4 | 3%: 28.1 | FT%: 70.0 | EFF: 13.8
- 2020-21 (Nanterre, FRA-1)
- PPG: 6.8 | RPG: 4.7 | APG: 0.8 | GP: 18 | W-L: 12-6 | Min: 16.9 | FG%: 44.3 | 3%: 36.4 | FT%: 68.4 | EFF: 10.0
- 2020-21 (Pôle France, FRA-3)
- PPG: 11.8 | RPG: 6.8 | APG: 1.3 | GP: 4 | W-L: 1-3 | Min: 25.5 | FG%: 37.7 | 3%: 15.8 | FT%: 100.0 | EFF: 12.5
- 2020-21 (Nanterre U21, FRA-U21)
- PPG: 13.4 | RPG: 8.6 | APG: 1.4 | GP: 5 | W-L: 2-3 | Min: 25.6 | FG%: 39.1 | 3%: 10.0 | FT%: 73.3 | EFF: 16.4
- 2021-22 (LDLC ASVEL, FRA-1)
- PPG: 9.4 | RPG: 5.1 | APG: 0.8 | GP: 16 | W-L: 12-4 | Min: 18.4 | FG%: 47.3 | 3%: 26.0 | FT%: 70.0 | EFF: 11.5
- 2022-23 (Boulogne-Levallois, FRA-1)
- PPG: 21.6 | RPG: 10.4 | APG: 2.4 | GP: 34 | W-L: 23-11 | Min: 32.1 | FG%: 47.0 | 3%: 27.5 | FT%: 82.8 | EFF: 26.0
Wembanyama’s career trajectory illustrates his capability and adaptability in different environments, with a notable peak in the 2022-23 season, scoring an average of 21.6 points per game with an efficiency rating of 26.0.
Victor Wembanyama 2023-24 Profile
Before Victor Wembanyama, the last player to be more hyped heading into their NBA Draft was LeBron James — and we all know how that hype turned out. While it seems impossible that Wembanyama — the 7 foot 4, 230 pound, Center out of France with an 8 foot wingspan who was the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, by the San Antonio Spurs — won’t live up to his own herculean hype, perhaps it’s wise for fans around the world to limit expectations for his rookie 2023-24 season. Or perhaps not. Either way, fans throughout the globe are clamoring for the chance to see Wembanyama perform against the world’s best basketball players this season. And while expectations are sky-high, “Wemby” seems equipped to excel in high-pressure situations. Now all there’s left to do is go out there and play.
Before Victor Wembanyama’s rookie season begins, let’s take a closer look at his upbringing, his professional career in Europe, and what we can realistically expect for his rookie season.
Victor Wembanyama Background
Victor Wembanyama was born on January 5, 2004, in Le Chesnay, France. Both of his parents are former athletes (one of which is 6 foot 6, and the other 6 foot 3), and his mother is a former basketball player and current basketball coach — and is the reason Wembanyama he chose to pursue the sport.
Already being nearly 6 feet tall at 10 years old, Wembanyama soon gained the attention of professional scouts across France. He joined various youth club basketball teams in France, and was eventually loaned to FC Barcelona’s under-14 age group team for a tournament. Despite excelling in the tournament, Wembanyama declined to keep playing at FC Barcelona because he believed that the coaches weren’t willing to push him enough.
Wembanyama’s Professional Career Overseas
Victor Wembanyama made his professional basketball debut on October 29, 2019, for the Nanterre 92 in the EuroCup. At 15 years, nine months and 25 days old, he was the 2nd youngest professional basketball player to play in the EuroCup ever. In that season, Wembanyama averaged 10.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, mostly coming off the bench.
On September 23, 2020, Wembanyama made his debut in Pro A, France’s top professional basketball league. One month later, Wembanyama was featured in a viral video where he showcased his skills in a two-on-two pick-up basketball game against Rudy Gobert and Vincent Poirier. This is when Wembanyama started to receive worldwide attention.
While Wembanyama continued to improve and impress over the next two seasons, he also spent a lot of time sidelined due to injuries. Over this time, Wembanyama suffered a stress fracture in his tibia, a fractured finger, and a bone bruise in his shoulder. Despite this, Wembanyama was named Pro A Best Young Player (award for the league’s best player under 22) in both 2020 and 2021.
Wembanyama’s star skyrocketed in 2022. In October, Wembanyama’s Metropolitans 92 team played in two exhibitions in America against the NBA G League Ignite. Both games were attended by over 200 NBA scouts and executives. In the first game, Wembanyama scored 37 points, got five blocks and secured four rebounds in a 122–115 loss. In game two, Wembanyama led his team to a 112–106 win while scoring 36 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. At this point, the hype for Wembanyama took off.
Wembanyama also had a fantastic 2022-23 season, averaging 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game — all of which lead the Pro A — as well as won the Pro A MVP Award. From there, he declared for the NBA Draft.
Victor Wembanyama 2023-24 Season Forecast
Considering his hype and already impressive professional career, it’s easy to imagine Victor Wembanyama entering the NBA and become a superstar straightaway. Yet, this is unlikely — at least while he’s still a rookie. And there are a few reasons why.
For one, Victor Wembanyama is still extremely young, and hasn’t yet grown into his lanky body. As we know, the NBA is a grown man’s game. And because Wembanyama plays Center, he’ll be facing the league’s very biggest players (almost all of whom will weigh 50-100 pounds heavier than him) right away. While his incredible height and wingspan will help offset this, Wembanyama will still be pushed around some in the early going.
Not to mention that, even now with Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs are still a bad team. He will be the one player opponents will focus on, and all that attention might make it tough to score at times.
That’s why the Spurs are most likely going to take it slow with Wembanyama is his rookie season. They’ll want to focus on his strength development and acclimating to the NBA game, while likely playing him somewhere around 30 minutes per game. And if Wembanyama picks up any sort of injury, the Spurs will be extremely cautious with him — perhaps even deciding to shut him down entirely.
Due to these various reasons, I expect Victor Wembanyama to have a relatively average rookie reason. Still, he could very well score 16-18 points per game, grab 8-9 rebounds, and average 1 block — which would likely win him Rookie of the Year.
Regardless of how this first season goes, the Spurs are invested in Wembanyama for the long haul. He seems guaranteed to be a superstar in the near future — just maybe not in 2023-24. So let’s all be like San Antonio, and be cautious with our expectations.
Yet, if the season starts and Wembanyama performs like the whole world knows he can, forget everything I just said and jump on the “Wemby” bandwagon as soon as possible.
Victor Wembanyama is a professional basketball player from France, drafted as the 1st overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2023 NBA Draft. He plays the position of Power Forward/Center and is known for his significant height of 7 feet 4 inches and impressive skill set.
Victor Wembanyama is active on Twitter and Instagram. His Twitter handle is @vicw_32 and his Instagram handle is @wemby.
Born in Le Chesnay, France, on January 4, 2004, Wembanyama is the son of former athletes. His journey in professional basketball began in Europe, playing for Nanterre 92 in the EuroCup and also in Pro A, France’s top professional basketball league. His performance in these leagues and various exhibitions garnered him worldwide attention.
Despite battling several injuries, Wembanyama had impressive stints in the EuroCup and Pro A. He was awarded the Pro A Best Young Player in 2020 and 2021 and won the Pro A MVP Award in the 2022-23 season, leading to heightened expectations for his NBA debut.
Given the various adjustments and his youth, Victor might have a relatively average rookie season. He is predicted to score 16-18 points per game, grab 8-9 rebounds, and average 1 block. However, considering his potential, he could defy these expectations and immediately rise to stardom.
Victor Wembanyama made his professional basketball debut on October 29, 2019, for Nanterre 92 in the EuroCup, becoming the 2nd youngest professional basketball player ever to play in the EuroCup at 15 years, nine months, and 25 days old.
Victor Wembanyama is a promising young talent who has showcased remarkable skills and achievements in his professional career overseas. As he steps into his rookie season with the San Antonio Spurs, basketball enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly anticipating his performance and contribution to the team. Despite his youth and the team’s cautious approach, Wembanyama’s potential hints at a future NBA superstar in the making.
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