Any conversation about what this kid does not have the capacity to be for one reason or another should be over with. The demonstration put together by a 19-year-old player from France, barely entering his third month of professional basketball, was not of this world. The San Antonio Spurs snapped their five-game losing streak with an impressive display on several fronts; none more impressive than Victor Wembanyama's eye-popping performance.
The Portland Trailblazers were without some of their key players, such as Anfernee Simons, Shaedon Sharpe, and Deandre Ayton, but the Spurs will make no apologies for their win. They need to capitalize on every possible advantage in each game to feel what winning is like. Feeding Wembanyama seemed to be the biggest benefit the team finally leaned on. When you have a versatile 7'4 player on your team, just throw him the ball, and that's what they did.
This game should be a turning point for the San Antonio Spurs offense
Watching the first quarter was like walking outside to the first 78-degree day after a long, blistering winter. The pure elation fans expressed online, seeing the team play with high basketball IQ, consistent effort, and determination, was fun to read. Whatever Pop said to the guys after the Utah Jazz loss must have been received loud and clear.
When the coach gives instructions, players implement the game plan, and the team wins, expect there to be more of the same in the future. There is no longer any reason for any of the players not to force-feed Wembanyama. This is not his first historic night but it is his first where it felt like you could draw a direct line to his dominance from his teammates. Without consistent involvement from the guys, he wouldn't have achieved such a remarkable stat line in just 24 minutes of play.
One of the beautiful parts of Wemby's game is that he is unselfish. When they involve him with that amount of consistency, they benefit as well. The six assists attributed to the rookie reflect that, and the space players were afforded as the Blazers attempted to collapse on Victor had to feel liberating.
They lost a 28-point lead, but at single digits, they did not fold. That is a very encouraging sign and anyone who has had doubts about the French phenom should grab a Snickers. You're clearly not yourself.