The NBA Playoffs are a little over a month away, the bottom of the lottery pecking order is a virtual lock, and mock draft season is officially upon us. That means national media pundits are putting their best foot forward and making educated guesses about where the most coveted prospects on the planet could land in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Though a handful of contentious picks from various outlets might provoke debate or outrage, Spurs fans should have no complaints after seeing The Ringer has San Antonio taking home the first overall pick. And with that golden ticket in hand, the front office green lights the no-brainer decision to make Victor Wembanyama the face of their franchise.
Here's what Kevin O'Connor had to say about the Silver and Black cashing in on this dream scenario:
"Wembanyama will change the fortunes of any franchise he lands with, but the Spurs would be a particularly poetic fit given their lineage with David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Maybe there’s another generational center coming to San Antonio. A phenomenal center who can do anything and the best overall prospect in at least 20 years."
Wembanyama has averaged a league-leading 22.0 points, 9.6 boards, and 3.2 blocks per game for Metropolitans 92 while propelling them to second place in the LNB Pro A standings this season. Posting those numbers on a competitive team in one of the best basketball associations in the world is mind-boggling. Doing so as a teenager is a nearly unprecedented feat.
The 7-foot-4 phenom is a generational prospect who could help guide the Spurs back to contention and launch them into cultural relevancy. Despite his prolific rim-protecting instincts, smooth shooting stroke, and unusually tight handles for a frontcourt player, Wemby is far from a finished product. And that might be the most exciting part of him joining San Antonio.
The Spurs have polished countless diamonds in the rough throughout the last three decades. Can you imagine what their developmental staff could do with perhaps the most talented incoming player the NBA has seen since LeBron James?