Victor Wembanyama is already an extremely rare talent. Through 42 games in his rookie season, the first overall pick from the 2023 NBA Draft is putting up averages of 20.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and a league-leading 3.2 blocks per game.
The most stunning caveat of all is that he has accomplished all this while being on a minutes restriction for much of the season. Wembanyama is far from the player he will one day be, but he is already a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood.
With the All-Star break coming up, many Spurs fans are hoping to see their team's talented rookie voted in to the prestigious event in Indianapolis. In the final fan voting returns released on January 25, Wemby finished eighth among Western Conference frontcourt players.
Devin Vassell recently discussed Victor's chances of being voted an All-Star. When asked if he thinks Wembanyama will have a chip on his shoulder if he does not receive a selection, Vassell sent a message loud and clear. "If he doesn't make the All-Star game I feel like he's gonna say it again, and he's gonna prove a point," Vassell said.
Vassell believes Wembanyama will be out for revenge if not chosen as an All-Star
Hearing him say this has to be a frightening sound for many across the NBA. Victor Wembanyama is already supremely talented and constantly improving, and his opponents do not want him to have added motivation.
Vassell explained that Wemby's mindset comes from the high expectations he sets for himself. "(Being an All-Star) is a big ask coming in as a rookie, " he said. "But that's the type of goals and expectations that I feel like he sets for himself and he's used to."
We have already seen Wembanyama's standard of excellence he sets for himself on display multiple times in his rookie season. Like the rest of us, Vassell thinks that putting an added chip on the shoulder of the one-of-a-kind player may lead to some positively shocking results. "I don't know what them numbers gonna look like after that," he said.
The All-Star reserves will be officially announced on TNT Thursday night at 6:00 PM CT. If Wemby ends up on the outside looking in, fans may see an even more determined and dominant player in the second half of the season.