The San Antonio Spurs, their fanbase, and the entirety of South Texas are still in a state of jubilation after the Spurs secured the top overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft on Tuesday. The most coveted NBA prospect in at least two decades, Victor Wembanyama, will undoubtedly be on his way to San Antonio in just a few short weeks.
The moment the Spurs secured the first pick represented the payoff of a long and painful year in the Alamo City, along with four straight seasons of missing the postseason. After so many questioned the Spurs' direction and wondered whether tanking would be worth it for the franchise, all those questions can be put to rest.
Wembanyama will give San Antonio an ultra-talented big man to follow in the footsteps of David Robinson and Tim Duncan. There is still much work to be done, and Wemby's status as a bone fide superstar is far from certain, but this was the best shot the Spurs had at returning to NBA relevancy once again, and they are rightfully ecstatic.
Injury concerns are a hot topic around Victor Wembanyama
Standing 7-foot-5 and boasting guard-like skills, there are very few valid criticisms of Wembanyama's game. He has as much natural talent as any prospect in NBA history. So naturally, one of the only questions left is concerning his long-term durability.
With his skinny frame, analysts were always going to question Wemby's ability to hold up against the bigger and stronger players in the league. And of course, the talking heads have doubted whether he can stay healthy long enough to fulfill his potential.
Recently, new information concerning that matter was divulged, and Spurs fans can breathe a sigh of relief. According to Brian Windhorst, Wembanyama has been in the process of performing various injury-prevention exercises involving his feet for several years.
Wembanyama's exercises could elongate his career
It makes sense Wembanyama has had ample access to high quality physical therapy and training to ensure he maximizes his unique build, given his presence in the limelight for some time now. Spurs fans may still hope to see him pack on a few pounds as the years go on, but knowing how seriously he takes protecting his body is encouraging nonetheless.
In the long term, it is entirely possible that Wembanyama's simple lower body workouts could lessen the effects of or outright prevent a nasty injury to his ankle or feet. Putting preventative measures in for circumstances like this now is far better than trying to recover faster later.
At the end of the day, Wembanyama is one a kind, but he is smart enough to know he is not unbreakable. Following the practices of other notoriously slim players like Kevin Durant from day one should put him one step ahead of whatever future challenges he faces on that front.