Victor Wembanyama has wasted zero time coming in and proving to the basketball world that he can be an immediate impact player. With multiple fourth-quarter takeovers that have sealed victories for the San Antonio Spurs, fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for him to notch another all-out dominant performance from start to finish, and last night, they got it.
The French phenom controlled both ends of the floor in the second straight matchup with the heavily favored Phoenix Suns, finishing with 38 points while recording the most efficient shooting night of his young career as he went 15-of-26 from the field. Wemby once again showcased the clutch gene, and he singlehandedly carried the Spurs to a massive win on the road.
Living legends have started to notice what the 19-year-old rookie can do when he sets foot on the hardwood. And Kevin Durant, a generational superstar Wembanyama idolized as a child and one of the best scorers the sport has ever seen, showered the towering Frenchman with high praise in his postgame press conference.
Even when a reporter asks about the comparisons between himself and Wembanyama, Durant puts the spotlight on the number one overall pick. Numerous national talking heads have talked about all of the striking similarities between the slender forwards. But the future Hall of Famer went out of his way to let everyone know Victor is a one-of-a-kind player on a unique path.
Devin Booker also chimed in with some respectful comments about Victor after their back-and-forth battle down the stretch.
Wembanyama may not have much experience in the NBA, but he etched his name into the record books on Thursday night. The 7-foot-3 forward joined LeBron James and Durant as the only teenagers in league history to record 35 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks in a single game.
Victor is already putting the league on notice that his time is coming. We are only five games into his rookie season, which makes it all the more exciting to envision how much he can improve by the end of his first go-round. For now, the rest of the NBA is taking notes on his two-way impact and what the Silver and Black are building down in the heart of Texas.