The San Antonio Spurs finished their preseason schedule, opening night is right around the corner, and the basketball community is on the edge of their seats to watch Victor Wembanyama make his official debut. NBA fans could hardly contain their excitement when the teenage phenom pulled off seemingly impossible feats of skill and athleticism across a handful of exhibition appearances, and his unprecedented talent also caught the attention of a couple of retired superstars.
Though Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have garnered a reputation as hot take artists over the years, the Hall of Fame forwards delivered a pleasant surprise as they showered Wembanyama with praise on a recent episode of the Ticket & The Truth Podcast. Pierce called the towering Frenchman one of the most skilled players in the league, Garnett admitted he was wrong about his initial cynical stance on the rookie, and both Boston Celtics legends lost their minds describing his abilities.
Wembanyama showcased his creative handle, smooth jumper, and elite shot-blocking throughout the preseason, which was enough to make Pierce compare him to perennial MVP candidates like Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Kevin Durant. Not only did Garnett agree with his co-host, but he took things one step further, declaring San Antonio should make the playoffs this season as he praised the two-way dominance Victor displayed versus the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Silver and Black faithful want to see their favorite franchise rejoin the postseason picture as soon as possible. With that said, inexperience often prevents rebuilding ball clubs from making much noise in the standings, and Gregg Popovich will be in charge of coaching the youngest roster in the NBA. At this point, most people would probably be satisfied as long as Jeremy Sochan, Devin Vassell, and the rest of the core pieces establish palpable on-court chemistry with Victor Wembanyama
You can check out the full episode above, where Garnett and Pierce talk about how high the ceiling is for Wembanyama, the ongoing James Harden drama, and the impact of the Damian Lillard trade.