Draymond Green reveals what separates Spurs' Wembanyama from everyone else

Victor Wembanyama
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In a recent episode of Paul George's "Podcast P," Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green shared his thoughts on the San Antonio Spurs' number one overall pick, Victor Wembanyama. Green had a lot to say about his sky-high potential, particularly his possible defensive impact. In fact, he praised Wembanyama for his elite rim-protecting.

So much so that Green believes that Wembanyama's ceiling on the defensive end of the floor is high enough that, even if he fails to live up to his offensive potential, he could still be an incredibly valuable player. Of course, that's not to say that Wembanyama won't live up to or exceed expectations on offense, but his assessment is that his defensive potential makes him a near-can't-miss prospect.

Wembanyama has a chance to be a special defensive player.

Coming from a former Defensive Player of the Year winner, that is high praise. It also validates what many Spurs fans believe about Wembanyama's ceiling and helps quell concerns that he won't live up to the hype. After all, having a player who is 7'4 1/2 in shoes patrol the paint is a luxury in today's NBA, especially one as mobile as Wembanyama is. In recent years, teams have gone away from tall, plodding centers in favor of smaller and more mobile bigs that can defend out on the perimeter.

Fortunately, Wembanyama has both the height and length to block or alter shots at the rim and the agility to guard away from the basket. Although he likely won't play center full-time for his first couple of seasons, he could close games at the five and hopefully shut down the paint on the defensive end while forcing mismatches and double-teams on offense.

Better yet, he will be playing for defensive mastermind Gregg Popovich and likely be mentored by an all-time great defender in Tim Duncan. Therefore, Wembanyama should live up to Green's high expectations, and the Spurs defense should be in good hands for years to come as a result.