With Victor Wembanyama's debut almost here, NBA stars past and present are weighing in on the phenom. Their initial takes on the young franchise player contended he would have a steep learning curve. Fast forward a few weeks later, and those skeptics are already changing their tune as the San Antonio Spurs prepare to kick off the regular season. One of the names among that crowd is eight-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA forward Paul George.
George spoke about Wembanyama on the latest episode of Podcast P, touting his impressive skills and how they should make his transition to the NBA easier than he once thought. He also praised the rookie sensation for his basketball IQ, ability to eurostep from the three-point line, and terrific passing vision. The seasoned superstar highlighted the alley-oop he hammered home versus the Miami Heat, and it was great to see such high regard for an up-and-coming talent.
Wembanyama has captured the attention of established NBA players and changed their views on what is possible on a basketball court, all in just a handful of preseason games. From JJ Redick and Kevin Garnett to Gilbert Arenas and Paul George, Spurs fans have heard nothing but praise for the new face of their franchise. Foreign-born prospects often receive harsh criticism when they arrive stateside, but virtually everyone has been quick to give Victor his flowers.
With the unreal amount of media attention on Wembanyama, it seems like there are high expectations for his rookie season. The 19-year-old has immense pressure on his shoulders to live up to his billing as a generational talent. However, Wembanyama is more than capable of proving his doubters wrong. His first chance to make a mark on the league is opening night against the Dallas Mavericks, where he hopes to push San Antonio past their storied in-state rival.
You can tune into the full podcast above, where Paul George breaks down the upcoming NBA season, Wembanyama, and the latest Player Power Rankings from ESPN.