San Antonio Spurs fans are teeming with anticipatory exhilaration as there is under a month before the 2023 NBA Draft unfolds on national television and Victor Wembanyama becomes the face of their franchise. Though the generational teenager has yet to suit up for the Silver and Black, there are already lofty expectations for what he can do for a rebuilding organization from the moment he steps onto the basketball court.
Wembanyama has been a dominant force for Metropolitans 92, averaging 21.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game while launching them to a second-place finish in the LNB Pro A standings. The 19-year-old also had a near-clean sweep during awards season, winning MVP, Best Young Player, Best Defender, Best Scorer, and All-First Team honors. So can you blame anyone for thinking he might alter the landscape of the NBA?
Even the most casual observer could probably tell you there is something special about Wembanyama, but hearing Jonathan Givony say the 7-foot-5 center has a chance to make an All-Star appearance as a rookie gave all of San Antonio another reason to celebrate. Such a glowing review from a high-profile draft expert is reassuring for those hoping the young phenom can turn the Spurs around sooner rather than later.
Though general manager Brian Wright has given every indication the team will exercise patience as they build around Wembanyama, the uber-skilled Frenchman should have a legitimate opportunity to receive an invitation to the annual All-Star extravaganza. The weighted fan vote could help thrust him into the starting lineup, and the league will undoubtedly place Wemby front and center to market him to every inch of the globe.
The future number-one overall pick is a probable lock for the Rising Stars Game, and it wouldn't be all that surprising to see him participate in other events like the Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge. Wembanyama is already an international sensation and household name, and he should be a fixture at All-Star Weekend for years to come. While he hasn't notched a single minute of NBA action, Spurs fans can dare to dream big.