Former NBA star highlights difference between Wembanyama and Steph Curry

Gilbert Arenas spoke about the difference between San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama and Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry on his show Gil's Arena.
Stephen Curry, Victor Wembanyama
Stephen Curry, Victor Wembanyama / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

Retired NBA star Gilbert Arenas recently drew an intriguing distinction between Steph Curry, Nikola Jokic, and the likes of Victor Wembanyama and LeBron James on his show "Gil's Arena." According to Arenas, while Curry and Jokic are extraordinary players, Wembanyama and James are true generational talents. This perspective sheds light on the unique characteristics that set apart the very best in the game.

Steph Curry is undeniably a transformative player. His unparalleled shooting ability has redefined the way basketball is played, encouraging a league-wide embrace of the three-point shot. Curry's greatness stems from relentless hard work and a dedication to honing his craft.

He exemplifies how skill development and perseverance can elevate a player to historic heights. Yet, while shooting can be taught and perfected through practice, certain physical and athletic traits are inherent and unteachable.

Wembanyama's gifts give him the advantage needed for all-time greatness

Enter Victor Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs' highly touted prospect. Standing at 7'4" with an eight-foot wingspan, Wembanyama possesses a combination of size, agility, and skill never seen before. Like LeBron James, who stands at 6'9" with extraordinary athleticism and court vision, Wembanyama's attributes cannot be replicated through training alone.

His guard-like skills, three-point shooting touch, elite lateral quickness, and superior defensive instincts make him a true generational talent. Guys that are this special only come around maybe, once a decade and the Spurs have landed one of these rare gems.

Historically, players considered to be generational talents have led their teams to multiple championships. Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James all fit this mold, making the most of their superior abilities to achieve greatness. Wembanyama appears poised to follow in their footsteps. With good health and the right team around him, he has the potential to lead the Spurs to multiple finals appearances and, ultimately, to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

For Spurs fans, the future is a supernova. The organization has a storied history of assembling championship-caliber teams, and Wembanyama's presence only bolsters this legacy. The excitement surrounding the team is palpable, and expectations are sky-high. Given the Spurs' track record and Wembanyama's unique talents, it's only a matter of time before he guides the team to the pinnacle of NBA success.