Coveted prospect believes he has a shot to be first pick for Spurs over Wembanyama

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Practically everyone in the basketball sphere believes it is a no-brainer decision for the San Antonio Spurs to choose Victor Wembanyama with the number one overall pick after they won the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. Despite the near-universal consensus on the Parisian phenom being the best prospect in this class, not everyone sees eye to eye with that train of thought.

So who dares suggest Gregg Popovich and his front-office brass consider an alternative option? That would be Scoot Henderson, the teenage guard who has attempted to unseat Wembanyama as the top player in the 2023 NBA Draft for the last few years. Though it feels like a forgone conclusion the 7-foot-5 center will soon wear Silver and Black, Scoot still believes he has a shot to call San Antonio home.

“I think I have the ability to go number one," Henderson said in the aftermath of the NBA Draft Lottery. "I believe in myself as any competitor should."

Henderson has boundless confidence in himself, but does the 19-year-old have a genuine shot to be the first name off the board? While the dynamic floor general has superstar upside, it would be difficult for an executive to rationalize passing up an opportunity to add a once-in-a-lifetime talent to their roster. Scoot would be the favorite to be the first pick in most drafts, but Wembanyama changes everything.

The Spurs have no reason to overthink taking Wembanyama when they lead off the 2023 NBA Draft. He is a generational prospect in every sense of the word. From his defensive versatility and unrivaled rim protection to his floor spacing and unbelievable self-creation, Wembanyama has the potential to become one of the best players we have ever seen while carrying the team and city of San Antonio to cultural relevance.

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