Wembanyama has chance for stat only Tim Duncan holds in NBA history

Victor Wembanyama's unique skill set may allow him to challenge San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan for a solely held statistic.
Victor Wembanyama
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As the San Antonio Spurs trudge through the rest of the season, hoping to establish some positive energy heading into the off-season, the expectations are only growing. It's an interesting phenomenon to watch the team grossly underachieve but the number one overall pick, Victor Wembanyama is still so impressive, that it is raising the bar.

To say that Victor has been as good as advertised would not be entirely accurate. The early projections predicted his defense to be NBA-ready for the most part, and it has been, but they also thought his slender frame would prevent him from imposing his will offensively. He has proven that to be inaccurate, and his passing ability was understated, making him better than expected. His combination of talents places a unique Tim Duncan statistic within reach.

Wembanyama's unique drive is his most important intangible

Sometimes, when on X (formerly known as Twitter), you may see someone credit Wemby's height for his highlight plays. Intelligent basketball observers know that it's not that simple. If it were, Shaq's comparison of Bol Bol to Wembanyama might hold water, but that's not the case. It's the tenacity, the instincts, the talent, and, most importantly, the drive for greatness. You have to want to be great, and when you truly live that, it manifests itself in different ways.

All season, there have been reports about the French phenom staying after games and practices to work on his shot. Fans have seen the result of that consistency. That sort of work ethic is what you hear about guys like the late great, Kobe Bryant, and other Hall of Fame players. Good is never good enough. Greatness is the only option and if this is the worst Wembanyama is going to be, reaching that Tim Duncan record seems more like a matter of time than a farfetched possibility.

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