5 Things that separate Victor Wembanyama from even the best prospects

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3. Dedication to health and conditioning

The knock on players Wembanyama’s size is always their injury risk. Hasheem Thabeet was the number two overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, but the 7’3 big man only played 224 NBA games. Yao Ming played his final full NBA season at 28 years old as injuries derailed his career. Ralph Sampson was 29, and fans have seen Kristaps Porzingis struggle with injuries nearly every year.

Wemby knows the problem and has been working to prevent it since he was 15. His workout regime is already legendary. The teenager follows a strict diet and does specific daily feet, ankle, knee, back, and coordination exercises to prevent getting hurt.

Fans will see him grinding well before every game and doing things that no other player replicates. Victor Wembanyama has already spent years preparing to dominate the NBA and has no plans of stopping. There will be hiccups, but the 19-year-old has done everything possible avoid them.

This aspect has derailed players like Zion Williamson. The Pelicans star is fantastic when he plays, but he has struggled to stay healthy in his first four years. Conditioning is an issue for Zion, but it won’t be for Wemby.

The French teenager also has a unique personality that makes him stand out even among the best prospects.