Victor Wembanyama has been nothing short of sensational in the first three months of his career with the San Antonio Spurs. He continues to lead this year's rookie class in a variety of statistical categories including total points, rebounds and blocks.
One of the most hyped prospects of all time has delivered in a big way in the early stages of his career. Every time he takes the court with the Spurs, he does something to thoroughly astonish viewers and even opposing players.
What makes his performance this season even more impressive is the fact that he has done it while on a minutes restriction for most of the last month. Since turning his ankle in warmups against the Dallas Mavericks on December 23, Wemby has been limited to around 25 minutes per game to allow him to heal properly.
On Wednesday, an update on Victor's minutes restriction was provided. According to Head Coach Gregg Popovich, Wembanyama will no longer be restricted to playing 25 minutes per night and will be allowed to compete for up to 30 minutes as his injury recovery progresses.
Victor Wembanyama's minutes restriction has been relaxed
While the minutes restriction is not lifted completely, this update should allow Victor build more consistency with greater opportunity on the court. An additional caveat to this update is that San Antonio's star will also plan to play in both of the team's games on their back-to-back this weekend.
This is an improvement on his previous lack of participation in back-to-backs for the Spurs. The medical staff feeling ready to give Wemby a longer leash likely means he is getting close to being back to full health, and fans who have been hoping to see more of the 7-foot-4 unicorn should be thrilled.