2.) Julian Champagnie
While Wembanyama did not suit up in the California Classic, Julian Champagnie sure did, and boy did he ever show up!
A clear difference maker in those two games, Champagnie averaged 29.0 points and shot a fantastic 45.4% from three-point range. Some people may claim his stunning efficiency was a flash in the pan, but that couldn't be further from the truth. He has gone 49-of-123 from deep in his last 20 games for the Spurs. That's a pretty good sample size.
The Spurs recently signed Champagnie to a four-year, $12 million contract. They’re going to want to see a return on their investment in the form of impact on the game. With Wembanyama in the lineup, the second-year wing quieted down some, but now is the perfect time for him to continue his upward trajectory and take over the offense.