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Recapping Victor Wembanyama’s NBA Summer League debut in Spurs vs. Hornets

Wemby made his debut for San Antonio in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. We recap his game and how he performed.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 24: Victor Wembanyama addresses the media on June 24, 2023 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  Photos by Caitlin Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

All eyes are on the opening night of the 2023 NBA Las Vegas Summer League for one reason: the debut of No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama. For the better part of the last year, it has been a foregone conclusion that the French phenom, who stands as the tallest active NBA player at 7-foot-5, would be taken first overall in the 2023 NBA Draft when it was all said and done.

After the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Draft Lottery back in May, the franchise made Wembanyama their franchise cornerstone of the future with the hopes that he’ll be next in line of successful Spurs big men such as Tim Duncan and David Robinson. With the frame of a center and the skillset of a guard, Wembanyama enters the league as the most hyped generational prospect since LeBron James.

While the Spurs remain in a clear rebuild for the foreseeable future, expectations are sky-high for their No. 1 overall pick in Wembanyama. As a walking mismatch, literally, from any spot on the court, San Antonio’s biggest addition enters the coming season as a clear favorite to win the NBA Rookie of the Year hardware and usher in a turning point for the franchise’s path back to relevancy.

2023 NBA Summer League

Victor Wembanyama stats tracker vs. Hornets

After 1st quarter: 5:51 on court: 3 points (1-4 from field), 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 assist, 1 turnover
After 2nd quarter: 13:06 on court: 5 points (1-7 from field), 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 2 turnovers
After 3rd quarter: 20:58 on court: 5 points (1-7 from field), 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 2 turnovers
After 4th quarter: 27:27 on court, 9 points (2-13 from field, 1-6 from three-point range), 8 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 assists, 3 turnovers

Wembanyama struggled from the get-go, and it’s hard to remember that he’s just 19 years old. After missing nine of his first 10 shots from the floor, his best highlight was a four-point play midway through the fourth quarter.

But you can see defensively that he could be one of the best to ever lace them up, despite getting dunked on by Kai Jones and crossed over by Brandon Miller. His length, foot speed, and lateral quickness are just unlike anything we’ve seen from a 7’3 player. But he’s still raw, he’s not going to be able to put it on the floor and get to the rim like he can in European basketball, and there’s still plenty to learn.

He will, and he’s going to be the real deal. But tonight showed a preview of what he’ll need to work on going forward.