NBA Rookie Tier List: Where does Victor Wembanyama rank ahead of debut season?

The class is loaded with talent who's ready to push Wemby for Rookie of the Year.
San Antonio Spurs, Victor Wembanyama
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The ceiling does not exist

"He has the best (skill set) to ever play the game." "No one has ever seen anyone as tall as he is but as fluid and graceful as he is." "He's like a create-a-player, cheat-code-type vibes." "The league is really in trouble when he comes in."

I'm talking, of course, about Victor Wembanyama, but those aren't my words. Those are direct quotes from LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant. So when I say that Victor has a chance to change the game of basketball, I'm not being hyperbolic. Some of the best to ever do it, MVP's and NBA champions, all feel the same way.

Wemby has a legitimate chance to make an All-Star team in his rookie season. He could even make an All-Defensive Team. His offensive contributions will come and go depending on the matchup, but his ability to be a radical difference-maker on the defensive end of the floor should be there from day one.

After a summer of jet setting, playoff basketball in Europe, and seemingly constant media obligations, Wemby landed in Vegas for summer league and averaged four blocks a game during his limited time there. He won't keep up that torrid pace, but it was a fantastic showcase for how dramatically he can change the game.

Offensively I expect Gregg Popovich to find plenty of creative ways to get him involved. Whether he's running high pick and roll, operating as a playmaker out of the high post, or simply shooting over an overmatched defender, there's no shortage of ways to utilize Wemby on offense. He's probably going to have trouble with bigger and more physical defenders, but there isn't a player in the league who will be able to shut him down when he's at the peak of his game.

It's hard to put a finger on exactly how good Wembanyama can be, so why even try? Better for San Antonio Spurs fans to sit back, take it all in, and marvel at what is just the beginning for the next great big man to wear the silver and black.