10 Reasons Victor Wembanyama should be hoping to land on Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs could use some good news as they find themselves mired in the worst losing streak in franchise history. That could come in less than 80 days at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16. The Spurs will have a 14% chance of landing the first overall pick and will surely take 7'3" frontcourt phenom Victor Wembanyama.
Fortunately, it seems Wembanyama may be interested in joining the Spurs, but several teams will have a shot at drafting him too. With that in mind, here are ten reasons why Victor Wembanyama should be hoping to land in San Antonio.
10. International track record
Transitioning to the NBA can be difficult for many young players, particularly those from other countries. However, the Spurs have a long history of pursuing overseas prospects and having them flourish in San Antonio. Wembanyama should thrive on any team, but going to one with a proven track record of having international talent develop into solid NBA players should make him feel comfortable about potentially donning the Silver and Black.
9. French connection
Before changing teams last summer, Wembanyama played for Spurs legend Tony Parker's team ASVEL Basket in France and developed a good relationship with the future Hall of Famer. Parker likely had nothing but good things to say about his former team and their culture.
That inside information from an iconic French player has likely given him much more familiarity with the Spurs than other lottery-locked franchises like the Pistons or Rockets. Although Wembanyama can't choose where he plays, he may prefer to end up in San Antonio, based on what he's heard from Parker.
8. No state taxes
An underrated perk of playing for the Spurs is the lack of a state income tax. With Wembanyama likely locked in as the number one pick, he'll make at least $40M in his first four seasons. He could save far more money playing in Texas than anywhere else. Furthermore, if he develops into the player most expect him to be, he could sign the highest rookie max extension in league history.
That payday would come after the new NBA television contract, which could double the current deal. That means that Wembanyama's second deal starts at 25% of whatever astronomical number the salary cap is. That would mean a boatload of tax savings, which would surely make him and his agent very happy.
7. Talented scoring wings
Many people expect Wembanyama to be a game-changing player immediately, but it could take time for him to dominate on the offensive end. That's where Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson come in. Neither player figures to be the number one option on a competent playoff team but having them combine to average more than 40 points per game makes them great potential second and third options to Wembanyama. That would take the offensive pressure off him and still allow him to impact the game.