11 Outside-the-box ideas for how the Spurs can use Victor Wembanyama
By Cal Durrett
4: Limit Wembanyama to 30 minutes per game
It may seem premature to start thinking about minutes for a player that the Spurs haven't even drafted yet, but limiting Wembanyama's minutes during his rookie season makes sense for several reasons. For starters, many number-one overall picks don't play big minutes immediately, with players such as Cade Cunningham and Palo Banchero averaging in the low 30s.
Some of that may be due to teams wanting to ease their young stars into the NBA and help them adjust to the longer schedule. Also, those teams know that they probably aren't going to immediately compete for the postseason.
The Spurs won't look to tank next season, but they may not be ready to make that leap into playoff contention just yet either. San Antonio isn't hurting for draft picks, but they probably wouldn't turn down a chance at another top-10 selection. There are also some injury-risk concerns to think about. Few players 7'3 and taller have gone on to have long and healthy careers.
There is also a surprisingly long list of recent top picks who have missed their entire rookie seasons. Based on that, they should keep him to around 30 minutes a game. That would hopefully ensure that he will make it through his rookie season healthy, and the Spurs could benefit from another potentially high lottery pick.