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 20.5 points per game 

One of the biggest questions surrounding Victor Wembanyama was how impactful he'd be on the offensive end in the NBA right out of the gate. The preseason expectations were for him to average 20.5 points per game, and he managed to meet even those seemingly lofty projections by averaging 21.4 during his rookie year.

In fact, he became just the 11th rookie in the last 25 years to pull off that feat. That is impressive, especially when looking at the players he's joined, including Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James. Wembanyama himself has stated that he isn't anywhere near his peak, and it might not be crazy to think that he could eventually join Robinson as a future scoring champion.

To do so, he'll need to improve his offensive efficiency after having a 52.8 true shooting percentage, but his high-volume 3-point shooting could eventually be a game-changer. Not only that, but he drew a surprisingly high number of free throws (5.2 per game) for someone who averaged under 30 minutes.

Better shooting from outside, living at the free throw line, combined with presumably better play in the post, and hopefully someone who can consistently toss him lobs could do wonders for his game and the Spurs offense. Better yet, based on his play as a rookie, all of those things are attainable.

Prediction: Correct