By now, San Antonio Spurs fans are well past the notion that this year matters in the grand scheme of things. All eyes are on the future as observers closely monitor the front office moves, hoping the franchise's storied team building will continue with Victor Wembanyama as the centerpiece. What this season has devolved into is nothing but an observation phase. It is important to note that that was not the goal.
It may make some feel better to believe San Antonio always planned to tank for a second consecutive season, but that is not the case. They expected more from their returning players, but unfortunately, those expectations have amounted to nothing short of disappointment. The saving grace of the season has been Wemby's play, as he's been as advertised. Maybe even better since he has shown a trait the Spurs will be able to lean on for years.
Victor Wembanyama is fearless in the face of NBA stars
Early in the season, Wemby got a chance to match up twice against Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant. Victor has mentioned implementing a lot of Durant's style into his own and in their first game, the rookie admitted to being a little starstruck. It affected his performance, though he ended with 18 points and 8 rebounds, the production came after an obvious slow start. The very next game was a rematch vs that same Suns team he came out on a mission, dropping 38 points and 10 rebounds.
Ever since that moment, Wemby has seemingly looked at the stars on opposing teams as fuel for his internal fire burning for greatness, especially when the opponent's star is a big man. His performances against Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid are a testament to that.
The young Frenchman just turned 20 years old this month. He saw a reigning MVP in Joel Embiid, weighing 70 pounds more than him, who was on a run of scoring 30+ points in 20 straight games, and said, "I want that guy." This is not the first instance fans have heard or seen of the dog in Wemby. Whether it's his fourth-quarter performances or his post-game quotes, he has made it clear that he is here to dominate.
Ignoring the misspelling of the number one overall pick's name in the tweet above (despite the name being correctly spelled on the graphic), Victor doesn't just want to win, he wants to send you running scared to warn your friends of the 7'4 monster coming like he's Omar in The Wire. A warning the NBA would be wise to heed because the league will belong to Wembanyama sooner rather than later.