Wembanyama "Every game is a statement," after being snubbed as rookie of the month

Victor Wembanyama expressed strong emotions post-game in response to the All-Star returns and the December Rookie of the Month award.
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It was announced yesterday that Oklahoma City's Chet Holmgren had taken the title of Western Conference Rookie of the Month, and many advocated for Victor Wembanyama to be the holder of that award. During December, the number one overall pick averaged 18.1 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 3.8 blocks a night.

On top of the award not going to his name, the first ballot of all-star voting was released, and Victor was listed as the eighth most popular frontcourt player with 221,220 votes. If he held that position, it would most likely keep him from being the first rookie to be named an NBA All-Star since Blake Griffin in 2011.

The French Phenom has been putting up stellar numbers nightly. Victor also had two 30-point performances and six games with four or more blocks. Wembanyama has been dominant on both ends of the floor and has gone toe-to-toe with some of the association's premiere defenders, such as Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Jaren Jackson Jr., and most recently, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

On his 20th birthday, Victor showed out against the Greek Freak with 27 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks. Their first matchup was an absolute thriller where iron sharpened iron, and both were seeking to get the next big highlight on one another.

After his sensational display on the court, his words off the court caught the attention of most fans. Victor stated that the Rookie of the Month title and his placement on the all-star list fueled his fire to put on a show. He then said that he would "get what I deserve, and that "every game is a statement from now on."

While the pastures haven't been so green in the early stages of his career, the future continues to be brighter than ever as Victor has extra motivation to prove his worth and make a statement every outing.