After winning the NBA Draft Lottery, the San Antonio Spurs will soon select Victor Wembanyama first overall. Wembanyama will follow in the footsteps of the Spurs' other number-one picks, David Robinson and Tim Duncan, both of whom were coached by Gregg Popovich. While the team has failed to make the playoffs each of the last four seasons, Popovich previously guided San Antonio to a league record 22 consecutive playoff appearances, as well as a record 18 straight 50-win seasons.
He also has three Coach of the Year awards in addition to five championships, but what the team has missed in recent years is another centerpiece to build around. Wembanyama will hopefully be that and more for the Spurs, and his being selected by the team should prove to be a win-win for both the player and the franchise.
After all, the fit, on paper, appears to be a perfect match. And with Popovich coaching him, there are hopes that the Spurs can quickly turn things around and get back into title contention. The sooner the better, with Popovich possibly only coaching the Spurs for another season or two. Still, he could prove to be the perfect coach for Wembanyama for several reasons. Let's see why.