Revisiting Wembanyama preseason predictions after history-making rookie season

The San Antonio Spurs again missed the playoffs. But, unlike last season, there's reason for optimism thanks to Victor Wembanyama, who shattered expectations.
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Preseason prediction: Wembanyama will average at least 3 assists per game

In retrospect, 3 assists per game was perhaps a low prediction for Wembanyama, though he also blew away expectations this season as a playmaker. Whether it be finding cutters while in the post, passing from the top of the key, or out of the short roll, it's clear that he has the court vision to be a great passer.

He will have to improve on his high turnover rate, and he likely will now that he knows which passes he can get away with. When he does, he could be a potent offensive weapon who can not only get buckets but also create for his teammates.

He may not turn into Nikola Jokic but perhaps Domantas Sabonis in terms of being relied on to generate easy shots for his surrounding cast. The Spurs have historically made great use of big men who can pass, and Tim Duncan might be the best example of what Wembanyama can be, although he was more of a stationary passer.

The Spurs probably won't use Wembanyama in quite the same way but having an elite-scoring big man who can also pick teams apart as a passer is useful. After what Wembanyama showed us, San Antonio can rely on him as a playmaker going forward too.

Prediction: Correct