1. Victor Wembanyama transforming into a superstar
Wemby is the franchise now. The Spurs will tailor everything to maximize the 7’3 teenager’s growth. He was an elite scorer, rebounder, and shot-blocker in Europe last season. Can Wembanyama immediately translate that to the NBA? He has a slender frame, but fans know the teenager is always putting in work to improve.
There will be rookie growing pains. Even the best players experience them, but the Spurs hope to see him becoming a superstar late in the season. San Antonio will miss the playoffs and get another lottery pick or two to add to their core. The Spurs plan on having Wemby ready for his first All-Star appearance in year two and a return to the playoffs.
Victor Wembanyama needs time to adjust to the speed of the game and life in America. After that brief window, he will be focused on upgrading his jumper, becoming an elite defender, and making plays for his teammates. Wembanyama could evolve quickly and will be must must-watch all season. He is favored to win Rookie of the Year, and fans won’t want to miss a second of it.
The San Antonio Spurs won't eye wins in 2024, but they want to see development from their young talent and keep stockpiling assets. Expect them to return quickly and be dangerous whenever they go all-in around Victor Wembanyama.