One interesting stat proves Spurs are running offense through Wembanyama

Despite complaints from fans, the numbers show Wembanyama touches the ball plenty.
Victor Wembanyama, Devin Vassell, Charles Bassey, Devonte Graham, Julian Champagnie
Victor Wembanyama, Devin Vassell, Charles Bassey, Devonte Graham, Julian Champagnie / Joshua Gateley/GettyImages

The internet provides people the freedom to have unchecked expression, and that privilege can be an incredible thing. Everyone needs an outlet for their creativity, opinions, and questions. That does not mean every belief is correct, but being wrong is more than okay as long as you are willing to shift your stance when presented with factual evidence. Spurs fans are passionate viewers who want their team to compete at the highest level again, an understandable desire.

Some supporters have become frustrated with all the early inconsistency this season. One of their biggest gripes is that the team often fails to run their offense through Victor Wembanyama. There have even been absurd claims insinuating other players are jealous of the number one overall pick. Those individuals would probably be fascinated to find out Wembanyama has the highest usage rate (29.2%) on the roster. He is also among the league leaders in that statistic.

The young Spurs are still learning how to play with Wemby

The NBA calculates usage rate by estimating the percentage of possessions that end with a player attempting a field goal, taking a free throw, recording an assist, or turning the ball over. Simply put, it tells you who is the engine of the offense for any given team. Wemby ranks 20th in the league in this category, above names like LeBron James, LaMelo Ball, and Jayson Tatum. More touches for the 19-year-old won't fix the Spurs, but patience will help fans get through the repairs.

Timing is everything, and while teammates occasionally miss a wide-open Wembanyama, he still gets plenty of looks. You can also measure this with his team-high 16 field goal attempts per game. Factor in his 2.5 assists and 3.9 turnovers per game, and fans should be able to see that a lack of passes and play calls for the rookie phenom are far from the most pressing issues. Ball security, shot-making, and defense are more concerning.

The Silver and Black must ensure there are no extended stretches where he does not touch the ball during critical junctures. With that in mind, getting him involved is not the problem. No one can build chemistry overnight. On top of adjusting to an immense talent like Wemby, San Antonio has also had to deal with injuries and players learning new roles. It will take more than 11 games for the youngest team in the league to figure it out, but rest assured they are making progress.