Mamukelashvili says Wembanyama reminds him of another international superstar


The San Antonio Spurs are in the dead center of their preseason schedule, and Victor Wembanyama has already captured the imagination of basketball fans across the globe. The Parisian phenom pulls off several seemingly impossible sequences every time he sets foot on the court, creating an insane personal highlight reel that even the most talented players in the league could only dream up.

Opponents and front-row spectators have feasted their eyes upon the teenage sensation, but no one has a better perspective on his skills than his teammates. Fellow seven-footer Sandro Mamukelashvili sang the praises of Wembanyama at media availability after another standard shootaround at training camp on Monday morning, comparing his unique size and playstyle to Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Though Giannis has already compiled a Hall of Fame-worthy career full of prestigious accolades and a Larry O'Brien Trophy, it is simple to see the similarities between the freakish physical specimens. Is Wembanyama equipped to propel the Silver and Black to championship contention as a rookie? That answer is likely no, though he should have a massive two-way impact like his Greek counterpart.

Wembanyama has been dominant in his first few dress rehearsals for San Antonio, averaging an eye-opening 21.5 points on 64.3% from the field in just 21.1 minutes per game. His nightly numbers have been absurd, but anyone could tell you how exceptional he has been without looking at the boxscore. We have never witnessed someone this tall cover this much hardwood real estate so effortlessly.

Whether rotating from the weakside to erase a layup, digging from beyond the arc to come up with a steal, or gathering for a eurostep at the top of the key, Wembanyama has used his unmatched length to devastate opponents on both ends of the floor. Mamukelashvili is far from the first person to gush over Victor, and the skyscraping forward will continue turning heads once the season starts.