The countdown to the rematch between Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren has officially begun, with less than three weeks until the two clash. The beauty of the upcoming game is that both players have solidified themselves as the clear frontrunners for Rookie of the Year honors. The NBA recognizes the significance of the matchup as evidenced by their recent announcement, shifting the contest to a primetime slot.
As respected veterans like LeBron James and Steph Curry began to age, there were questions as to who the star players of the future would be. The league seems to be in good hands with the influx of talent over the last 5 years with players like Ja Morant, Tyrese Maxey, Shai Gilgeous Alexander, etc. Adding Chet and Wemby to the list of dynamic stars breeds optimism for a very strong future for the Association. The January meeting between the two giants will display much so you dare not miss it.
3. Their first matchup was just not enough
The approaching event is sure to draw the eyes of many, and for good reason. Both players have been the center of much NBA debate all season. Their first time facing each other was televised on November 14th on TNT, but at such an early juncture in the season, neither player was at their best. Vic ended the game with eight points, 14 rebounds, and two blocks, while Holmgren posted nine points, seven rebounds, two steals, and one block.
Between fan base bias and casual box score observers, this is an opportunity to see the impact of both players for themselves almost midway through the season. Both players' averages are much higher in just about every category than what they showcased a month and a half ago.
Either player has accomplished a historic feat on a given night, and at almost halfway through the season, they are both comfortable enough to give the people what they want. The importance of this game was always apparent for that very reason, as the first game's struggles were predictable.