11 Outside-the-box ideas for how the Spurs can use Victor Wembanyama
By Cal Durrett
5: Play Wembanyama at power forward
Despite being 7'3, Wembanyama may not play center full-time for the Spurs. In fact, given his shooting ability, the team could and should have him play some power forward. That was initially the plan ahead of the trade deadline before the Spurs traded Jakob Poeltl to the Toronto Raptors. However, that was only a theoretical fit, and with San Antonio knowing that they will be able to draft Wembanyama, they can actually experiment with some wacky lineups.
Assuming the team holds onto center Zach Collins, San Antonio could continue to play big while having enough shooting to hang on the offensive end. They could even experiment with point-guard-less lineups with Vassell, Johnson, Sochan, Wemby, and Collins, simply to see whether they'd work or not and to test the versatility of those lineups. Popovich has already experimented with some similar lineups this season, albeit without a 7'3 behemoth to play around with.
Ultimately, I expect most of his minutes to come at center next season, but the Spurs will almost certainly experiment by having him spend time at the four. While next season will be about getting better, San Antonio probably won't immediately compete for the playoffs in a competitive West, affording them some leeway to see what works and what doesn't with their new franchise player.